Leg cramps are painful muscle contractions that effects the calf and the foot which is generally common during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. You will often feel it more frequently during the evening.
Why causes Leg Cramps?
Leg cramps are caused due to additional weight gain and change in the blood flow. The pressure that the growing baby puts on your nerves and blood vessels can also be the reason of leg cramps. This might cause severe pain which can be unbearable. The following steps can be taken to prevent leg cramps:
Stay fit and active: You need to stay active to prevent leg cramps. That is only possible if you exercise regularly. However, consult your physician or doctor before starting any exercising routine.
Apply heat locally: Hot water bags or heat pads can be used to decrease the pain. It may help in making your pain go away for a while.
Intake of magnesium: Consume food which has magnesium elements in it. Eat magnesium rich foods such as whole grains, beans, dry fruits and nuts. Research has suggested that taking magnesium helps in reducing leg cramps.
Footwear alert: Don’t judge the book by its cover. Don’t go on the looks of the footwear instead make sure that it is comfortable enough for you. Wearing shoes with slight heels is also good because it will surround your heels and keep it locked.
Hydration: Water is a necessary supplement in pregnancy. Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself hydrated and hence avoid all the other problems.
Stretching: Stretch your legs and keep them moving. Do calf stretching before bed or ask your physician to recommend you some exercises.
Keep all the above mentioned points in mind and you are good to go. Stay active and stay healthy! Happy Pregnancy!
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