Is sciatica common after pregnancy?
Sciatica is a pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. It affects only one side of the body. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg. Pregnancy also causes a form of spinal compression that can affect the sciatic nerve. Do women suffer from sciatica after pregnancy? Is sciatica common after pregnancy?
@flora Yes, many women suffer from sciatica nerve pain after their pregnancy. spinal compression that can affect the sciatic nerve. Sciatic sensations may increase during your pregnancy. In fact, lower back pain and sciatic problems are quite common. Sciatica will often develop in the third trimester though it can occur at any stage of your pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body releases the relaxin hormone. It helps in relaxing ligaments and prepares the pelvis for childbirth. However, loose ligaments and a growing uterus can cause sciatic nerve pain. This pain often comes and goes, but it can be constant for some women.