Leg cramps during pregnancy are common, often occurring at night during the second and third trimester. The exact cause of leg cramps during pregnancy isn’t clear, as there can be many factors in play.
Leg cramps are a sudden tightening of muscles, which can cause intense pain. The muscles may tighten for a variety of reasons, such as:
The reasons for increased leg cramps during pregnancy aren’t clear. They may be caused by:
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to increase circulation in the legs and feet and help prevent leg cramps during pregnancy:
If a leg cramp strikes, stretch the calf muscle on the affected side. Walking or jiggling and then elevating your legs may help keep the leg cramp from returning. A hot shower, warm bath or ice massage also may help
Apply a warm compress to the muscle cramp. You can use a warm soak or a wheat heat pack. Many people soak in a warm bath with epsom salts to relieve muscle cramps in the legs and feet. Epsom Salts are an affordable and easy way to enhance cleansing and to relieve stress. The high magnesium content within Epsom Salts help to draw acids through the skin and therefore mostly used for bathing in. Epsom salt baths are well known for their amazing and effective way to relieve aching limbs, reduce muscle strain and are excellent in helping with back pain.
If your muscle pain is constant and not just an occasional cramp, or if you notice swelling or tenderness in your leg, contact your doctor. As with any pain, it is a signal that something needs to be addressed. No pain needs to be tolerated, it is possible to work together, as a Team, with your Health Care Provider to bring about optimum health and pain reduction.
In recognition of us all being individuals and each having different bodies and therefore differing health requirements, all information provided is a general recommendation only and not a prescription. All health related information and subsequent questions must be followed up with your own physician.