How to Avoid Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Pregnant women had to go through a lot of pain. Aside from carrying the extra weight and a few other pounds we may have gained, there is also the nightmare of suffering leg cramps. Leg cramps usually attack at nighttime, causing much discomfort just when you’re ready to rest for the night. And when these pains shoot up it’s just so paralyzing. The good news is that you can break free from such painful spasms. Read on for the details.
Bodies of pregnant women go through a lot of changes and it’s true that gaining weight really increases your spasm pains. But aside from this, you can also get leg cramps due to dehydration, poor circulation, and vitamin deficiencies.
Monitor your weight during pregnancy. While your appetite might increase, remember how hard it is to lose weight. You may not notice the difference while you’re pregnant, but as soon as the baby comes out you’re going to be more conscious of your body again.
Drink lots of water. It’s important that you’re well hydrated because if you get dehydrated, your muscles might feel a bit tight and thus result to leg cramps.
Before you sleep, ask someone to massage your thighs and calves so your circulation will improve. This will also reduce your swelling.
Make a few routine flexes before you sleep. Doing a very simple leg exercise will help you loosen your muscles and therefore release strains.
Make sure you’re eating good food. Pregnant women should get enough calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These lessen the chances of getting cramps.
September 29, 2008 Monday at 3:10 pm