Sciatica after birth – How Snugglebundl brings relief

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What is Sciatica

Sciatica is a very common lower back and leg pain complaint suffered by many pregnant women all over the world. The sciatic nerve starts from your lower back and then moves down the back of your legs and then branches out to your feet. It gives you the ability to feel sensations and move the muscles in your legs. Inflammation or pressure to the back can make the sciatic nerve painful, this can result in sciatica. Sometimes, the working of the nerves can be affected, which can result in weakness or pins and needles in your leg. Sciatica can cause terrible pain down the back of the leg with or without the backache.

Is it really Sciatica

Sciatica After Birth | SnugglebundlContrary to belief, you are not more likely to get sciatica if you are pregnant. Aches brought on by pregnancy tend to be in the back and pelvis and not around the sciatic nerve. Most women who believe they have sciatica during pregnancy can actually have pelvic girdle pain. PGP is very often misdiagnosed as sciatica. Only a few women actually have sciatica during pregnancy. Lower back or leg pain can often be PGP.

Sciatica after the baby is born.

Postpartum sciatica can take effect after you’ve had your baby. Most women experience pain relief after the birth but for others they canexperience symptoms for the first time or even an escalation of pain.

Postpartum Sciatica | Snugglebundl

As with any back condition, it is important to look after your posture. When breastfeeding, try to use a straight-backed chair, raise baby to breast height using a pillow or cushion and keep feet flat on the floor. Try to create a raised changing station rather than changing baby on the floor. When lifting your baby, keep a straight back, bend your knees and avoid awkward twisting movement.

Ask your midwife or physiotherapist about exercises you can do or classes to can join to improve general fitness, flexibility and strength.

Why Snugglebundl helps with Sciatica.

The Snugglebundl baby blanket allows mums to lift, lay and move their baby without having to bend or stoop which will give you some relief from any back, pelvis or leg pains and go towards promoting faster healing. This will also help towards any healing from the birth itself and speed up your recovery time. Snugglebundl is also amazing at moving babies without waking them so can give you extra time that you can rest and convalesce. The Snugglebundl blanket is designed to be used from birth to around 6 months which is the period of time that you most need the extra help that it gives. If you are suffering from sciatica or PGP then this really is a product to help you manage the day to day with your baby. In particular it will allow you to rest your legs and back more which will speed up your healing and recovery time much faster. Please investigate the rest of our site to find out more about this amazing blanket.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatica After Birth

What Causes Sciatica?2020-06-04T23:40:28+00:00

Many things can cause Sciatica during pregnancy. The sudden weight gain can contribute to the pressure on the spine and lead to temporary pregnancy sciatica. Also, hormones make muscles subtle and relaxed. This in turn leads to things like piriformis, compression on the sciatic nerve due to relaxed pelvic muscles, or herniated disc which is the compression of the disks between the vertebra.

Does Having A Baby Cause Sciatica?2020-06-04T23:00:03+00:00

Not actually having the baby but weight gain in pregnancy affects the pelvis. The fluid build up and expanding uterus can add pressure in the pelvic area and put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

How Long Does Sciatica Last After Birth?2020-06-04T23:02:00+00:00

If the sciatic is only due to pregnancy it should subside within a few weeks after birth. As your fluids dissipate and uterus returns to normal size the pressure on the nerve is released. Also, hormone levels will return to normal levels too and muscles, that hold everything in place will regain their former lesser elasticity qualities. If your symptoms persist then seek medical attention and advice to help relive any pains.

How Do You Get Rid Of Sciatica Pain Fast?2020-06-04T23:04:33+00:00

The pain should reduce quite soon after birth but here’s a relieving exercise you can do:

  • Lie on your back on the floor with legs hip-width apart.
  • With a relaxed upper body, hold and pull your knee up into your chest area or as near as you can and breath
  • Keep your other leg straight and on the ground.
  • Hold for about 20 seconds whilst deep breathing.
  • Repeat the procedure with the other leg and do this for about 5mins.
What Can You Do To Relieve Sciatica?2020-06-04T23:07:32+00:00

Here are some things you can do to help relieve sciatica:

  • Apply ice to the affected area.
  • Check with your doctor what medications you can take to help reduce swelling.
  • Stretch the affected muscles (lie down and pull one knee to your chest and hold and breath. Repeat with other leg)
  • Wear a back brace.
  • Try acupuncture.
  • Visit a chiropractor /Physical therapist
  • Contact a massage therapist
  • Try Reflexology (some say this is the only therapy that works for them)
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