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Sciatica and Pregnancy

Sciatica and Pregnancy

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body and travels from your low back, pelvis, buttock, thigh, and calf all the way down to the foot and toes.  Sciatica is often an intense shooting pain, numbness, or tingling that can stay in your low back and buttocks or run all the way down the course of the nerve down the leg.

There are a number of causes of sciatica.  It is not uncommon for sciatica pain during pregnancy and is most common in the third trimester.  The sciatic pain can be the result of the expanding uterus and/or weight of the fetus putting pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.  The shift of the center of gravity pregnant women experience can lead to altered biomechanics of the spine which can also result in sciatica.  Many people who have suffered from sciatica have found relief through specific chiropractic care.

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