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
Contrary 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.
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.