Pregnancy may be filled with joy and excitement for new moms, but it also comes with a whole range of uncomfortable side effects. Some of them are caused by your raging hormones, while others are caused by your growing belly. As your uterus expands, it can put tons of pressure on other parts of your body and leave you in pain. Your back may bear the brunt of it, but it can be tough to know whether it's normal soreness or something more serious. There are several signs you may have sciatica, which is way more serious than your typical back pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, down through your buttocks and legs all the way to your feet. It's the largest nerve in the body and when it gets compressed in any way — like when it's squished by your growing uterus — you develop sciatica pain. Anyone can suffer from it, but sciatica is especially common during pregnancy according to the Cleveland Clinic. Although it'll clear up once you give birth according to Fit Pregnancy, it can certainly make your 40 weeks or so rather unpleasant.
Wondering if your achy back is a bigger issue? Here are seven signs the pain you're feeling is sciatica.