Leg Cramps in pregnancy.
Being pregnant is a wonderful amazing experience with so many rewarding milestones….like feeling your little baby kick for the first time reminding you that you are actually creating a new life!
BUT……some aspects of being pregnant are not always so pleasing!!
One of my main grievances while pregnant was LEG CRAMPS! Or restless legs. This seemed to happen at night time right when I would be just settling into a nice comfy position !
Here are a couple of ways you can help relieve them:
- Stretch your calf muscles immediately by straightening your leg, heel first, and gently flexing your toes back toward your shins. (Don’t point your toes while stretching. It can make the muscle contract and worsen the cramp.) This stretch might hurt at first, but it will ease the spasm and gradually make the pain go away.
- After you stretch, massage the muscle or warm it with a hot water bottle to relax the tissue. Walking around for a few minutes may help too.
How can I prevent leg cramps during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire way to prevent leg cramps during pregnancy. But these tips might help make them less likely:
- Don’t stand or sit with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
- Stretch your calf muscles regularly during the day and several times before you go to bed.
- Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes whenever you sit down, eat dinner, or watch TV.
- Take a walk every day (unless your healthcare provider has advised you not to exercise).
- Lie down on your left side to improve circulation to and from your legs.
- Drink water regulary to stay hydrated during the day.
- Try a warm bath before bed to relax your muscles.
I also found taking a magnesium supplement every day really helped but as always check with your midwife or GP before introducing anything new!
If all else fails a nice leg massage from your partner wouldn’t hurt!