Very often the babies head can compress the sciatic nerve in the pelvis. This usually happens later in the pregnancy when the baby is larger and in the head down position. When you get closer to delivery the body produces a hormone called relaxin to "loosen" up the ligaments in the pelvis to allow the pelvis to open allowing the baby to pass through the birth canal. Unfortunately the hormone is systemic which means it not only "loosens" the ligaments in the pelvis but all over in the body. With the extra weight during pregnancy and the combined ligamentous laxity it is very common for pregnant patients to have low back pain including "sciatica" type symptoms. It does take up to several months after delivery for everything to get back to normal. I would get evaluated by a Chiropractor in your area and he/she can advise you on stretching/exercises that can help you and make sure that it is nothing more serious like a disc that may be causing your symptoms.

Posted By DR D on December 20, 2006 at 21:52:35:

In Reply to: cyatic nerve problem-left leg posted by tanya on December 19, 2006 at 13:48:40:

Aircast Cryo/Cuff system applies controlled safe compression to minimize hemarthrosis and swelling, and cold to minimize pain. Its simplicity makes it ideal for the ER, post-op, training room and home.

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