Sciatica And Sacroiliitis: Which Is Causing My Pregnancy Pain?

During pregnancy, your whole body shifts and changes. There are tons of pains and aches that come along with it. One of the common pain goes down your hip, lower back, butt and down a leg. If you ask, you'll be told it's your sciatic nerve and that baby is simply laying on the nerve, but it could be something worse.

The sacroiliac joint is the joint that attaches the hip and pelvis. Sometimes people develop arthritis or inflammation (Sacroiliitis) or another form of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. When you have that, it flares and has similar symptoms to sciatica (which is actually quite rare) or your sciatic nerve being pinched.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The symptoms of sciatica (real sciatica) are a constant, sharp pain through your butt, leg and down to your heal.

Symptoms of Sacroiliitis

The symptoms of Sacroiliitis are very similar to sciatica. The main difference is that instead of being caused by a nerve, it's caused by inflammation in the hip (sacroiliac joint).

Both are rare- it's much more likely that the pain is caused by baby laying on the sciatic nerve. If that is the cause of your pain, it's easy to remedy and once the pregnancy ends, the pain will leave with it.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="720"] Via Mom Junction[/caption]

Who is at risk?

People with (rare) conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, other hypermobility conditions, hip dysplasia or hip deformities, autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis (a rare form of arthritis) are most at risk of developing Sacroiliitis.

People with bulged discs, hypermobility, degeneration in their spine or spine injuries are at risk for Sciatica.

One of the best methods to make sure it's just baby's position and not actual damage being caused by the Sciatic nerve is to get on your hands and knees and jiggle baby a bit. That causes baby to move off the nerve.

Other pains that can be similar to both conditions are joint ligament pain and normal shifting pains.

During pregnancy, your whole body shifts and that obviously causes pain. Round ligament pain is caused by your ligaments moving and pulling. It's annoying but once the baby is born, that pain doesn't come back.

No matter what is causing the pain, there is a good chance it is totally normal and if it gets bad enough, a Tylenol should be enough to take care of it. Of course, consult your doctor before taking any medication. You can also try a pregnancy massage, warm soak or a pad on whatever area is hurting. Laying down and taking a nap could also help. If it gets worse or you can't get it treated on your own, a trip to the doctor is always the best option. They can give you tips and if need be, a prescription to help.


HIV-Positive Babies Should Start Treatment Just After Birth

More in Did You Know...