Everything was going well. I felt OK, all things considered, and was still able to manage a few short runs per week. Then, at 36 weeks, I hit the pregnancy wall…hard.
My last run was Monday, December 2nd. I had no idea it would be my last run. If I did I would have savored it a bit more. I ran 5 miles with my friend Abby and it went well. I felt fine afterwards too. I woke up Tuesday with pain on my right side (lower back/upper glute area). Walking was difficult. It was so sudden and out of the ordinary I panicked and thought all the running had caused a pelvic stress fracture. After some frantic online searching, I calmed down and decided it had to be sciatica, which is very common in late pregnancy (and presents itself on 1 side – my left side is completely normal). A call to my OB confirmed it along with the bad news that nothing can really be done. The baby is pressing on my sciatic nerve and the pain won’t go away until I deliver.
It’s been 2 weeks since the pain started and it sucks, to put it nicely. Bearing weight on my right leg is painful and I have to be cautious that it won’t give out on me. I’m also sporting a nice limp when I walk. Thankfully it also resembles the I’m-so-done-with-this waddle, so I don’t think I get too many strange looks.
I’m 38 weeks today and praying that I go sooner rather than later. I’m dying to meet this little one and I’m dying to get rid of this pain. Or at least swap sciatic pain with labor pain 🙂 At least with labor pain there’s a nice present at the finish line.
looking so not ready to go anytime soon…
I am seeing a chiropractor – a husband and wife team. He specializes in runners and she in pregnancy, so I appear to be in good hands. It has provided some relief although not as much as I was hoping for.
Since I’m stubborn and refuse to do no form of exercise, I grunt through 2-mile walks on the treadmill a few times a week. The fastest I can go is 20:00 min/mile (that’s not a typo) and I waddle and curse the entire time. But at least it’s something.
I’ll conclude this whiny pregnancy post on a positive note. I am happy I was able to run for 9 months. I thoroughly enjoyed it – Garmin-free, taking in the scenery, and not worrying about pace. And I will be back at it again soon.
Anyone else battle sciatica during pregnancy?