Hi I am 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby. For the past month or so I have been feeling weakness in both of my legs, and my balance is not so great anymore. These symptoms came on suddenly one day, so I don't think it's from gradual weight gain. I am wondering if I can have a compressed motor nerve in my spine. Has anyone else experienced weakness in their legs? I heard from a friend about a pregnant woman who actually became paralyzed and unable to walk which lasted for 1 month after giving birth. My OB has not heard of anyone else with my symptoms.
I know it's been a few weeks since you posted this, but could it possibly be a sciatic nerve problem? I know when it gets compressed (which is very common in pregnancy) it can cause a sharp pain in your bottom and into your legs; but it can also cause numbness. I've never heard of anyone becoming paralyzed during pregnancy though... I would expect that was from some other underlying problem that was just compounded by the pregnancy.
Thanks for your helpful comments. I am now 33 weeks pregnant, and the weakness in my legs is still persistant. However, I think it is related to my Braxton Hicks contractions. I have been getting BH constantly throughout the day and it seems to be contributing or possibly causing the weakness in my legs. I don't have any back pain however, so I don't think I have sciatica. I have seen an MD who specializes in rehabilitation pain management of the spine, and he has not seen anyone else with my symptoms either. He recommended that I take it easy until I deliver the baby, then come back to see him if my symptoms persist after delivery. Thanks again for your concern.