Leg Cramps In Pregnancy
During your second or third trimester, you may experience cramping in your legs. For some, these uncomfortable muscle spasms can cause restless sleep. Leg cramps during pregnancy are common, although surprisingly, no one can be sure what causes them. Your growing belly, increased hormones or food choices could all contribute to pregnancy leg pain. To help, try to stretch, maintain a healthy diet and rest your feet from time to time. Simple solutions like these can reduce cramping, so you - and your legs - can rest easier at night.Jump To Full Article Below
LEG PAIN IN PREGNANCY
With so much happening to your body, it’s not a surprise that your legs would revolt. In fact, leg cramps during pregnancy can be so significant at night that sleeping is often a challenge.
These sudden cramps can be caused by any number of things - circulation problems (due to pressure from your growing uterus) or the need for more vitamins, like calcium and potassium, in your diet.
If pregnancy leg pain is driving you crazy, a few simple stretches, as well as some changes to your daily routine, could help relieve symptoms. Thankfully, these cramps will subside once your baby is born. If the pain persists or becomes worse, be sure to contact your doctor.
How do I relieve pregnancy leg pain?
- Make a move: While it feels natural to sit with yours legs crossed, try to avoid doing so for long periods of time. The same rule applies when you’re standing, too.
In general, sitting still is never a good thing - especially when you’re pregnant. Try to take a walk everyday (as long as its okay with your doctor).
- Stretch those muscles: Keep your calf muscles loose by stretching them a few times a day. Simply straighten your legs, flex your toes back and rotate your ankles. Similarly, move your ankles in a circular motion and wiggle your toes whenever you sit, eat a meal or watch television.
If you feel pregnancy leg pain coming on, immediately stretch your calf muscles using the exercise mentioned above. And if that doesn’t help, massage the muscle with a warm washcloth or hot water bottle. Taking a quick walk might be helpful, too.
- Pamper yourself: A warm bath before bed is just the thing to relax tight muscles. Or try a comfy body pillow in bed to keep you to one side to help improve circulation.
- Drink plenty of H20: Staying hydrated helps so many of pregnancy’s ailments. Try (if your bladder can take it) to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
RECOMMENDED SOLIDEA SOLUTIONS:
Support pantyhose with graduated compression, such as the styles sold by Solidea, can help ease leg cramps during pregnancy. Also look for maternity support products, like specially designed pillows, for a restful night’s sleep.