Backache in pregnancy often occurs as a result of ligaments and joints being softened by hormonal action. In the pelvis, this leads to Symphysis pubic pain, which makes it difficult to sleep or do chores such as shopping. Sciatica may be caused by pressure exerted on nerves by the baby, causing numbness or weakness in the buttocks, thighs, and legs. Symptoms include pain along the spine or in the pelvis, weakness of pain in the buttocks and legs, and walking hampered by pain in the feet or legs.
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