Those shooting pains that run through your hip and down the back of your thigh are called sciatica, and they’re caused by a big nerve back there that gets irritated. Pregnancy, with its wiggly joints and heavy uterus pressing down into your pelvis, tends to be a time when this pain is more common. Chiropractic adjustments or St. John’s Wort tincture (5-20 drops) might help.

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