Leg Cramps in Pregnancy
When your enlarging uterus places pressure on certain nerves (as well as a shortage of calcium), you may experience leg cramps or pains, which are more common in the last half of pregnancy.
- Elevate your feet whenever possible and avoid crossing your legs.
- You may try massaging and stretching your calf muscles before bed.
- Add more calcium and potassium to your diet to prevent leg cramps.
- When a cramp hits, straighten your leg and gently massage it until the pain lets up.
- Apply a heating pad or a hot water bottle to the sore area.
Call your doctor or midwife if it doesn’t get better, because the cramping could be a symptom of something more serious.
more Pregnancy Discomforts
–Heartburn and Indigestion
–Dizziness and Fainting
–Nausea and Morning Sickness
–Braxton Hicks Contractions