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Is it normal to have sciatic nerve pain in the first trimester of pregnancy?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Possible: Most sciatic pain due to pregnancy occurs later on when the fetus is larger and may push on nerves within the pelvis and the is extra strain on the lower back. Despite being pregnant sciatica (leg pain), is usually self limiting and should resolve in time. Physical therapy may be a good option for you.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It can be : There are alot of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy including changes to your activity and exercise regimen if you have one, alterations in your weight and center of gravity as well as changes in your soft tissues that allow for the pelvis to expand to accommodate a baby's delivery. These can all play a role in developing back pain issues even before the baby.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Maybe; could fix it?: Usually, the third trimester is when such pain frequently occurs.Sciatica can happen anytime, however, to anyone.The cause of pain must be figured out, though, because some causes are easily fixed: piriformis synd, vertebral dysfunction, si jt problems, for ex, all cause sciatic-like pain.Get a good osteopathic hands-on exam & see if conservative treatment with osteopathic manipulation might help.

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