Leg Cramps in Pregnancy

Leg Cramps in Pregnancy

Leg cramps are very common in pregnancy. About 50% of women will experience cramps especially in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and mostly at night.

It is thought the extra strain on the muscles due to a growing uterus and hormonal changes are the contributing factors.

To try and avoid leg cramps you can:

  • Stretch your calf muscles during the day
  • Try not to stand too long or sit with your legs crossed
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Elevate legs when possible

At night:

  • Warm bath before going to bed
  • Stretch your calf muscles
  • When stretching your toes, point upwards (ie towards your head) not downwards

If a cramp occurs, flex your foot and toes backwards. Massage the affected muscles or try walking around.

Magnesium and possibly Calcium supplements may be beneficial.

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