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How can I manage leg cramps during pregnancy?

Related Topics: Pregnancy, Leg, Cramps
 

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Pressure from your growing uterus can cause leg cramps or sharp pains down your legs.

Recommendations:

  • Be sure to eat and drink foods and beverages rich in calcium (such as milk, broccoli or cheese).
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Try wearing support hose but avoid any leg wear that is too tight.
  • Elevate your legs when possible; avoid crossing your legs.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Stretch your legs before going to bed.
  • Avoid lying on your back, since the weight of your body and the pressure of your enlarged uterus can slow the circulation in your legs, causing cramps.
  • Gently stretch any muscle that becomes cramped by straightening your leg, flexing your foot, and pulling your toes toward you.
  • Try massaging the cramp, or apply heat or a hot water bottle to the sore area.

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