Stretches For Sciatica During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Piriformis Stretch

I'm going to show you how to do a PiriformisStretch, which is a stretch for the muscle back here in your bottom of your glutes, whichcan sometimes contribute to sciatic nerve pain that is common during pregnancy. So,if you can do it laying down on your back and bringing your leg forward, as I did inprevious exercise tutorials, then go ahead and do it that way. If your stomach's gettinglarger and it's too hard to either lay on your back, it's uncomfortable, or you can'tget your leg pulled up, then another way to do it is with an elevated surface, so a tableor the back of a couch, something that's just higher up for you. What you're going to dois hold on for balance, bring the leg up that

you want to stretch, have it supported acrossyour lower leg up through your knee, and then you're just going to sit down into the stretchhere. If you sit down and you already feel a stretch there, then you can just hold thatposition. If you don't quite feel a stretch yet, you can lean forward over it, dependingon how big your belly is, if you can get into that position. Again, just waiting until youfeel a stretch right through here. Hold that position, about 30 seconds to a minute, whatever'scomfortable for you. And then come back out of it, repeat sides. If you feel any pain,cramping, or contractions during this stretch, then definitely stop and get ahold of your. This is your Piriformis Stretch.

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