Sciatica… a pain in the ass!

Compared to most women, I have had quite an easy pregnancy.  Not much morning sickness, being able to continue with work until the expected time with no sick days and was able to sleep until about 6 months.

For the past two and a half weeks, I have been suffering with Sciatica.

Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.

The pain of sciatica is usually felt in the buttocks and legs.

Most people find it goes away naturally within a few weeks, although some cases can last for a year or more. The problem I have as well, is I am too far gone to receive massages or participate in pregnancy yoga.  The pressure of the bump unfortunately does not help it either, because my posture is all wrong and the additional weight does no favours.

I know that people often say ‘pregnancy is a gift, not a disability’, so like most women, I carried on with life.  Walking around London and doing all the sightseeing to make the most of maternity.  I have gone shopping, gone out for lovely lunches and dinners, especially since I wanted to keep myself busy while Matt is still in Cyprus however, this has participated towards the pain I am now in everyday.

My wonderful mum has supported me so much, while I am barely able to walk and has literally been my crutch.  Please, Please, Please, mummy’s to be, relax and take it easy when you are approaching 7 months as it is nearly the end and you don’t want to add additional pain when we already know what is coming up!

I am looking forward to having physiotherapy to help relieve me of this pain, but if you are also suffering from this, do speak to your midwife or GP and they shall be able to assist you depending on how severe it is.

Less than a month to go for me until baby girl’s due date!!


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