On November 16, 2016, I officially reached 28 weeks pregnant. Everyone says your now in the home stretch but this part of pregnancy can be the most challenging.
In my 27th week I started experiencing Sciatic nerve pain or what people commonly call Sciatica. For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about, you are very lucky.
Sciatica is a pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg; this can be experienced on one side of the body or both. It is caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disk. Some of the symptoms I felt included constant pain on my right side of my bottom, pain that worsened when sitting or returning to stand. Weakness on my right side, and sharp pain when stepping off curbs or turning sides during sleep.
What I found worked to relieve the pain – Putting heat on the painful areas, trying to sleep on the opposite side of the pain, sitting on harder surfaces and MASSAGE.
Shortness of Breath is normal. This naturally occurs the more the uterus expands and presses up into your diaphragm below your lungs, so yes it seems like this feeling will just get worse as you move into your third trimester.
What I found helped a bit – While sleeping, prop your upper torso up on pillows to expand your airway and lifting my arms above my head when trying to take a deep breath.
Neck and Shoulder Pain is just the start of various back pains. I wake up with pain where my neck means my shoulder on the right side. Most suspect two causes: 1) the weight of my baby was pulling my whole body forward into a hunched position, which aggravated my neck and shoulder, and 2) that because I spent most night curled around my pregnancy body pillow, I had slept on my side wrong and caused inflammation.
What I found worked to relieve the pain – Putting heat on the painful areas, trying to sleep on the opposite side of the pain and MASSAGE.
Frequent Urination is the new normal for every pregnant women. The extra blood flow makes our kidneys produce up to 25% more urine after conception. in addition, once we move further in our pregnancy urine frequently can be influenced by pressure on the bladder from her growing uterus.