How to Prevent Sciatica Naturally during Pregnancy
Sciatica is the name given to the irritation of the sciatic nerve causing the onset of pain in the lower back which usually extends to the bottom of one leg. This condition affects many people but is most common in middle aged people and in pregnant women. It requires specific medical treatment because otherwise it could cause severe difficulties with walking, moving and performing daily activities normally. In this OneHowTo article we show you how to prevent sciatica naturally during pregnancy through some simple tips that can help you prevent its occurrence.
Before indicating the appropriate measures to prevent sciatica during pregnancy it is worth noting that this may cause mild to very severe pain. Among its common symptoms are sharp pains, a burning sensation and tingling along the path of the sciatic nerve, i.e., from the lower back, buttocks, posterior thigh and leg until the heel. It is essential, in any case, to see a doctor if you notice those symptoms to prevent the condition from becoming worse or chronic.
Because attacks of sciatica tend to be repetitive, during pregnancy you should implement some simple steps in your day to day routine which will help prevent it. One of the most important is to sleep and rest on a mattress that is firm but flexible at the same time and on a pillow that avoids overloading the spine and neck. Make sure you make the right choice when choosing a good mattress and choosing a good pillow. Resting well is crucial when you are pregnant.
Maintaining a correct posture when performing all daily activities is essential to reduce the pressure on the spine during pregnancy. You must walk with your back straight, head to the front and stomach inward always correcting the position when you notice you are hunching down. At OneHowTo you can see some excellent exercises to improve posture.
Also, when you're sitting try to maintain the lower back fully against the backrest of the chair and never lift heavy objects when pregnant. If you need to lift an object, bend your knees and use your legs: never bend your back.
Another of the best habits to prevent sciatica during pregnancy is exercising and strengthening the back muscles through regular exercise. Sports such as mild swimming, yoga or pilates are ideal for proper toning and reducing the risk of injury to the lumbar area during pregnancy. Stay away from a sedentary lifestyle, even if you might feel very tired during pregnancy.
Individuals who are overweight are more likely to suffer from pain in the sciatic nerve while pregnant because the spine and lower back already have a greater burden. Do not forget the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet that gives you all the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to be completely healthy. If necessary, think about the option of putting yourself in the hands of a specialist to reach your ideal pregnancy diet.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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