Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy
I need your advice regarding sciatic nervepain during pregnancy. Pregnancy makes any sciatic nerve problemsyou have worse as it does carpal tunnel syndrome. I don't have carpal tunnel syndrome. The extra liters of fluids sloshing aroundyour body lead to extra pressure in the joints, whether your wrists or your ankles, whichcan put pressure on every nerve. That doesn't help me do much about it. Drink more water and fewer dehydrating drinkslike caffeinated soda or coffee so reduce the amount of water retention.
That sounds counter intuitive. Then there's the same advice they have forwhen your feet hurt due to fluid build up; put your feet up. Do you realize the sciatic nerve is in thebacké It usually takes the form of leg pain causedby the sciatic nerve getting pinched. Laying on your side to avoid putting pressureon it is one alternative. I don't think that's enough. If the sciatic pain is due to a herniateddisk, you have to meet with a regarding
your options, because the strain on the backis only going to grow along with the baby. I've never been diagnosed with a herniateddisk. There are some people who use a chiropractorfor treatment of sciatica. It is a little hard for me to fit on the tablewith this growing load up front. The same tables with holes on them that letpregnant women get a massage laying flat on their stomach are available to chiropractors;you simply need to find someone who has one of them. And the skills and expertise to not make thingsworse.
I've heard of acupuncture used as a sourceof pain relief. And it is one of the safer ones since youcan't take a lot of pain relievers when pregnant. Safe only if you consider getting needlessafe. We talked about how you can lay down to avoidputting more pressure on the nerve. You may also do it to rest the muscles thatmay be strained and mistaken for sciatica. I know what sciatica is; I've had flareups before. Then you may need to work on building coremuscles and flexibility of various joints.
This is exactly the wrong time to work ona strength building routine. Whether yoga or physical therapy, it couldreduce the muscle pain and spasms as well as the muscle relaxants you aren't supposedto take right now. There are other injections they can try. And how much of that isn't allowed becauseof the risks when you're pregnanté And you certainly don't want to try thesurgeries they offer to treat sciatica. I'm trying to avoid a Csection. Regular exercise to reduce the strain andpain are recommended, as long as it is the
right type. I've already been told not to turn and liftor twist because carrying the baby is workout enough on my lower back. Though if going for a walk makes the musclepains stronger and harder and they are already on a rhythm, you may be in labor. Then I have a short term answer and solutionto the pregnancy related sciatica.
Spotting After Intercourse While Pregnant
I need your advice regarding spotting afterintercourse while pregnant. For many women, the spotting a few days afteryou had sex is a sign you were pregnant. We're well past that point. They call the second trimester the goldentrimester because you aren't as tired or nauseous of the first trimester and the thirdtrimester hasn't come with its exhaustion and indigestion. I don't see how that's related to thechaos that you have at the first trimester. In the second trimester, the hormones thatboost blood flow to various tissues make you
have more sexual desire And pregnancy rhinitis. And then after you have sex, you risk somespotting. I thought spotting was bad, like a sign ofa miscarriage. Now if you have spotting and period type cramps,yes, you're potentially at risk of a miscarriage and want to get medical attention. Can they do anything about ité Yes, if it is early on, and they can giveyou shots or put you on bed rest to stop the
labor. If there is red bleeding, though, somethingis wrong. Blood of any sort is a red alert. If you have slight spotting after sex viathe back or going to the bathroom, it is possible you have hemorrhoids. We're doing it the old fashioned way, andI've had enough fiber that I haven't had hemorrhoids. When you're pregnant, it can depress yourimmune system.
That's why pregnant women are more proneto catching a cold, though ironically they can't take most of the cold medicines, either. If you've had a social disease, you'remore likely to have the lesions come back and then have some bleeding from there. I have heard the joke that life is a sexuallytransmitted disease, but despite being pregnant, that's the only variation I'm dealingwith. Then we're down to just normal wear andtear of tissues that are swollen because you are pregnant, and all the hormones boostingblood flow and increasing fluid flows is causing
the bleeding. I've had more vaginal discharge. More white or creamy discharge is normal. Can sex while pregnant trigger labor, causingbleedingé Yes having sex can trigger minor muscle contractionsin that area, especially if you really enjoyed it. However, it isn't going to put you in labor. I'm sure my partner will appreciate knowingthat.
Rougher or more irritation as you try to goat different angles around that baby bump can irritate things. We're not doing anything exotic, and therecertainly isn't a need to use a condom that can dry out and irritate tissues enough tocause some bleeding. So now you're down to all the extra fluidssloshing around causing the bleeding, though adding lubricant can reduce the odds of that. Is there ever a time I need to be worriedabout the dischargeé You've had sex and still feel tension, pressureand pain in the pelvic area.
Pregnancy Calf Stretch
I'm going to show you how to stretch yourcalves, which is a good exercise to perform during pregnancy to help combat some of thosecalf cramps that you might be getting. So one way to do this is to get yourself intoa stride stance. So one foot back, one foot forward. The leg you're stretching is goingto be your back leg. You want to make sure your toes are pointed straight forward, notletting them turn out at all. Once you're in that position, you want to straighten yourknee all the way, tighten your thigh muscles in the front here to make sure that leg isnice and straight. And then slowly lunge forward, until you feel a stretch in the back of yourcalf, here. You want to hold that position
30 seconds to a minute, get a good stretchin that muscle. If you need to hold onto a counter or a chair, anything stable for balance,then go ahead and do so. If you're on bed rest and not supposed to be up and about,another way to do this stretch, is in a seated position. So you can be sitting down. Theleg you're stretching is going to be extended out in front of you. You'll need somethingsturdy to stretch, this is just a hand towel. So a hand towel, a belt, something like that.You're going to hook it around the ball of your foot, kind of up by your toes. Keepingyour knee nice and straight again by tightening those thigh muscles on the top here. And thenjust gently pull back, until you feel a stretch
in the back of your calf, or behind your knee.Hold that position 30 seconds to a minute. And then that is your calf stretch.