Sciatic nerve pain during pregancy can be the worst - just when you thought you had enough on your plate with the cravings, mood swings, bloating and other aches and pains, you can get shooting or stabbing pains in your back that sometimes run down through your legs and over the tops of your feet! This kind of shooting lightning sensation is often caused by your sciatic nerve acting up, either because something is putting direct pressure on this nerve channel, or because the atrophying of your abdominal muscles due to the weight of carrying your fetus.

Meanwhile, the sciatic nerve is the largest in the human body and actually runs underneath your uterus, which is why it is so common for pregnant women to experience discomfort or agony related to this nerve. 

How to Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain in Your Back During Pregnancy - Without Drugs

Expectant mothers are often especially worried about this troublesome back pain because they don't want to treat it with pharmaceutical pain killers for fear of harming their unborn baby. If you are experiencing pinched nerve pain in your back and you want to avoid taking drugs because you are pregnant, try this non-harmful methods of alleviating sciatic back pain. 

Sciatic Nerve Diagram

Place a warm pillow or heating pad and lay on your side so that your weight is taken off of the side of your body that hurts the most. A heating pad on a gentle to medium heat setting is a good way to relax and soothe your back and abdomen. You may also have success with applied heating pads that adhere directly to your skin to deliver heat into your surrounding muscles. If your health insurance covers this kind of treatment, make an appointment to see a physical therapist who has experience working with expectant mothers to manage pain resulting from pinched or pressured back nerves. 

Relax to Feel Better

Clenching and resisting, two of the body's natural reactions to pain, can actually worsen your sciatica. You can address this by putting on calming music, making the room dim and laying down to rest. If you find the radio relaxing you can listen to it at a low volume. You can also practice simple meditation to calm yourself. Focus on your breathing and come to rest your awareness entirely on your inhalations and exhalations and make these as steady and rhytmic as possible. As your body relaxes, your internal muscles will begin to loosen, alleviating the strain on your sciatic nerve. 

Some mothers to be have great success taking long baths, especially if you have a tub that's large enough to allow you a free range of movement. You can try tilting your pelvis upward and letting the water take some of the strain off your frame and muscles. After soaking in a warm bath for a while, you can lie down on a firm surface on your side with your knees bent in toward your body to reduce the pressure on your sciatic nerve and hopefully give you some relief.