sciatic pain during pregnancy remedies (what worked for me)

I am appreciating my “easy” pregnancy with Little Dude more & more each week.

Pregnancy #2 has been a lot harder… I was sick longer, put on modified bedrest and now I am discovering was severe sciatic pain is.

thought I had a little bit of sciatic pain at the end of my pregnancy with Little Dude, but I know I had a major case of it with this baby that had me sobbing like a, well, baby in pain.  I was in pain sitting, standing, walking – and at its worst, hubby had to carry me into bed.  I honestly didn’t cry due to that kind of pain, ever (not even in labor, recovery from melanoma, oral surgeries or any sports injury). OUCH!

Here’s a few things I tried to relieve the sciatic pain (I bolded my favorites):

  • massage (felt really good but my muscles tightened back up again)
  • warm bath  with Epsom salts (felt really good but my muscles tightened back up again)
  • ice (only made it tighter)
  • chiropractic (helped temporarily, but the muscles kept pulling)
  • one extra strength Tylenol (as allowed) – later I was instructed on REALLY bad days, I can take two extra strength Tylenol… but make sure you get your OB’s green-light on this
  • Traumeel tablets & cream (helps quickly with minor pain, but not when it was at its worst)
  • Arnica cream (didn’t do much for the sciatic pain but helped with other soreness)
  • new walking/running shoes with high-arch support (definitely helped my arches, knees & overall posture but I was still in pain)
  • pregnancy support belt (helped but only good for standing occassions… otherwise it felt like a corset for my bladder while sitting) 😉
  • stretching (VERY helpful as long as I did it several times a day – there’s plenty of stretching ideas on Pinterest, but if you are in pain, call your OB/midwife: that’s what they are there for.  She’ll have some good stretches for you.)
  • heating pad (also VERY helpful, several times a day to loosen up the muscles… I know they are inflamed, so you’d think ice would help, but heat worked much better for me)
  • Hypnobirthing CD (I listened to this while using the heating pad and laying down to help wind-down and relax my mind and body)
  • King Bio Sciatic homeopathic spray (hubby picked some up from Vitamin Cottage on the way home and I think it helped quite a bit! )
  • PRAYER! (this was by far the best solution to my pain – I asked friends & family to pray and within a day, the pain was gone!)

I have continued to pray, stretch a lot, use the heating pad when I feel a little tight, along with the spray.  Now that I am able to sit, stand & walk without pain, I’ve been walking 1 mile on the indoor track a few times a week.  I think this has been helping my muscles stay limber and not clench back up to how they were.

What about you? What have you tried for sciatic pain during pregnancy?

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