Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to Manage and Prevent Leg Cramps

Leg and foot cramps are a common side effect of pregnancy…but like most prenatal discomforts, there are ways to prevent them.

Possible Causes of Leg Cramps:
  • Changes in circulation – the growing uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels of the pelvis and legs.
  • Dehydration
  • Nutrition
  • Shoes that are too small/tight
  • Pointing toes

How Can I Prevent or Manage Leg Cramps?

  • Exercise regularly- take time to warm up and cool down
  • Stretch legs, especially calves and hamstrings- since cramps occur usually at night, try stretching before going to sleep
  • Massage calves and feet (great way to involve your partner!)
  • Elevate legs as often as possible
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about support hose 
  • Increase your water intake
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about a possible lack of potassium, calcium and or magnesium.
  • Consider investing in better fitting shoes
  • Avoid pointing your toes

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