Leg pain during pregnancy is a common complaint and often becomes worse as the days and weeks pass into the second and third trimester of pregnancy. If you are expecting a baby, and if you have complications associated with leg pain during pregnancy, it is important to speak with your doctor about the role of possible femoral nerve compression and how it relates to anterior thigh pain.
The femoral nerve is a nerve that runs through the leg, from the lower spinal column. The nerve extends into the knee and, when compressed at the lower back level, can cause paralysis in the outer thighs and cause anterior thigh pain. In women who are pregnant, this type of compression is not uncommon especially if there is sudden weight gain.
To alleviate complications associated with anterior thigh pain, and associated leg pain during pregnancy, your doctor will typically recommend that you elevate your legs as much as possible. In addition, getting regular exercise during pregnancy is important as is the resolution of any potential co-morbid health complications such as gestational diabetes.
Because complex conditions such as meralgia paresthetica can develop as a result of femoral nerve compression and, ultimately, this will cause permanent anterior thigh pain well after your baby has been delivered. While these types of complications are rare, when they do arise, surgery to release the compressed nerve is often recommended.
When expecting a baby, the best prevention to back pain and leg pain during pregnancy will come by way of exercise and close attention to health. If you are concerned about your leg pain, and if you have anterior thigh pain, find a therapist or rehabilitation specialist who works with pregnancy woman.
With this type of guidance, you can alleviate the pain while strengthening your back and leg muscles to prepare for the coming weight gain expected during pregnancy. When combined with diet and nutrition, you can mitigate the potential health risks associated with debilitating leg pain and long term complications such as meralgia paresthetica.
Sources: Maternal Fitness, by Julie Tupler