“The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, providing sensory and motor function to the lower extremities. This nerve provides sensation to the back of the thigh, lower part of the leg and the sole of the foot. Sciatic nerve pain is a periodic severe pain that occurs throughout your legs.
What causes sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy?
The sciatic nerve runs under your uterus to your legs. The cause of sciatic nerve pain is thought to be associated with pressure on the nerve caused by the developing baby.
What can I do to treat sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy?
The simplest remedy is to lie on your side, opposite of the pain. This may help relieve the pressure on the nerve. Avoid heavy lifting and minimize standing for long periods of time. If you experience pressure while standing, try elevating one foot and resting it on something. Swimming may also ease discomfort.”
So that’s pretty much how I’m feeling today. It wasn’t hurting so much yesterday but we walked and I aggravated it. But I have to keep exercising; it’s too important. I did feel better while I had the heating pad on. But about 10 minutes later, it still hurt. I slept like crap, not able to feel comfortable on either side. I’m wearing this well-patch backache thigny today but it’s all menthol smelly. It is working… slightly. I really need one of those hot pad things with the stones in it. I wonder if they’re safe for pregnant women… I guess I could call the doctor.
In other news, I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Wednesday was hectic as all hell and I didn’t even take lunch. But I did leave an hour early instead. Since the next summer session starts Monday, there’s people all over campus and it’s coming down to the wire here. I’m about to be busier than ever starting Monday but I’ll still blog; at least I’ll try. There’s always time for blogging!