Pregnancy places your body in a state of constant change. You grow a new human life inside of you, and throughout the process, your body is continuously changing and shifting to accommodate this new growing person. Through this process, the odds of developing pregnancy sciatica can be high. Sciatica happens when pressure is placed on your sciatic nerve, causing pain to radiate from your lower back down your leg. Typically, only one leg is affected at a time.  

While sciatica should dissipate post-birth, it does not mean that you should suffer during pregnancy. You may have questions surrounding your pregnancy sciatica, including what caused it, how to treat it, or if there are any long term effects.

All questions are valid, and the professionals at Academy Injury and Health Center can help answer them and provide guidance on how to deal with your pregnancy sciatica!

The Causes

The main culprit of pregnancy sciatica is the shifting pressure placed upon your sciatic nerve. As your child continues to grow, the more pressure placed on the sciatic nerve becomes. Typically, sciatica occurs during the third trimester as the baby gets further along in its development. It can occur earlier during pregnancy, but it is uncommon. As the sciatic nerves become inflamed and irritated, the pain becomes more pronounced and problematic. Some symptoms of pregnancy sciatica can be found in the following infographic: 

pregnancy sciatica symptoms


The Remedies 

The good news for pregnancy sciatica is that it is treatable in much the same way regular sciatica get treated. A regiment of regular chiropractic care and at-home exercises aim to help alleviate the pain that your back and sciatic nerve are feeling. Additionally, developing a daily walking routine, with good posture, can be a surprisingly useful tool in the fight against pregnancy sciatica. 

The team at Academy Injury and Health Center is trained in accommodating and treating our pregnant clients. Our chiropractors use techniques that place a gentler pressure on your spine as we go about performing the adjustments needed to help remedy your sciatica. In particular, Dr. McCaffery is a Certified Webster Technique Physician. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated and helps relieve the sciatica. 

Our team works tirelessly to ensure that you have a positive experience with us. We want you to feel comfortable throughout the process and ensure that we have a plan in place to help address your pregnancy sciatica.

Are you pregnant and dealing with sciatica? Contact the team at Academy Injury and Health Center to schedule an appointment with us today!