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.
- 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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