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fuzzy2010-07-04 22:19:34 +0000 #1
Good Morning!

I am 21 years old and 30 weeks pregnant. I am 5'3 and have gained 22-25 lbs during my pregnancy so far bringing me to 177 lbs.. I do an average of 15-30 minutes of cardio a day. During my first trimester I expierenced sciatica pain on my right side. Sitting on the floor flaired it up even more.

I now see a chiropractor 1-2 times weekly which relieves the pain for a period of time. I now expierence sciatica pain on my left side rather than the right. Again sitting on the floor flairs it up.

Through out my pregnancy I have been doing gentle modified yoga. Now that I'm in my last trimester I TRY to do atleast a 1/2 hour-1 hour of modified yoga a day. I enjoy doing knee rocking to open up the hip whenever my sciatica is bothering me.

Any other great poses to help open the hips and pelvic area would be greatly appreciated.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 22:28:14 +0000 #2
Hello Fuzzy,

How wonderful that you are with child. It is a very special time. Bring as much quite, gentle, nurturing energy into your life as you can. Pregnancy is a time for Yin energy and so everything must be "settling".

Gaining weight is completely appropriate both for conception and growing another human being as you are right now. So do not fret about weight gain as it may feel unnecessary for you but it is absolutely needed for baby. If you have not already begun, please start rubbing olive oil on your belly. If you have a midwife or Doula and are already doing such a thing, follow their direction. Otherwise twice per day with organic olive oil.

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is irritated, impinged, or otherwise interfered with. That nerve exits the lower portion of the spine, runs down through the outer buttocks then into the leg. There are two sorts of "sciatica". One is true sciatica where the interference is at the root of the nerve and thus an issue with the spinal alignment. The other is false sciatica where perhaps another muscle like the piriformis is in spasm and it is impinging the nerve.

I would suggest a few prenatal classes. There are some things that are not advisable when pregnant and it's best not to guess but to spend some time with one who is trained to guide you.
fuzzy2010-07-04 22:28:28 +0000 #3
Well heres the scoop- I moved from California back to Michigan to live with my parents for personal reasons. I am currently out of work (after the baby is born I plan on returing to work) and do not have transportation to the class. (45 minute drive, mother works during that hour...etc.)

I was able to spend two class periods with a trained instructor in prenatal/gentle yoga. She is AMAZING and we still keep in contact although I can not make it to her classes. She has provided me with a book and video for prenatal yoga. I haven't discussed with her my sciatica nerve, although I know I should have. I'll bring it up to her next week.

Thank you!
fuzzy2010-07-04 23:22:34 +0000 #4
How do you feel about natural avacodo oil for my belly? I use this on my face twice daily and love the results!
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 22:36:50 +0000 #5
How do YOU feel about natural avocado oil?

If it's organic then it might be fine. I'd have to look at the ingredients to give you a sound answer.

Your scoop is understood.

Yes please, do speak of your sciatic nerve and subsequent [/]sciatica[/i] with your teacher.
fuzzy2010-07-05 00:23:37 +0000 #6
I LOVE avocado oil. Ingredients consist of 100% cold pressed naturally refined avocado oil.

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