Sciatic pain during pregnancy
Sciatica is characterized by a sharp, constant, or intermittent pain in the lower back or buttocks, which sometimes shoots down the back of one or both legs.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the spinal cord, through the buttock and into the back of the leg. When crushed or compresses by your baby's head anywhere along its route, the sharp pain is frequently accompanied by numbness, tingling, weakness, and occasionally, a burning sensation. If the pain of weakness become severe, you will need to see your doctor to rule out the possibility of a slipped disk.
Gentle maneuvers to encourage the baby's head to change position and relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be helpful, although it is sometimes easier said than done. Improving your posture and performing regular pelvic tilt exercises will bring relieve, as will yoga and stretching, such as lying flat on a firm mattress and trying to lengthen your spine by raising your head on pillows or books.
Pelvic tilts exercise: lying on your back with your knees bend, pull in your lower abdomen muscles, squeeze your buttocks, and press the curve of your back into the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, but DON'T hold your breath, and release slowly. Repeat 5 times, building up to 10.