Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to prevent leg cramps during pregnancy?

What are leg cramps during pregnancy?
Radiating, painful spasms through the calves, felt especially at night.

While the exact cause of leg cramps during pregnancy isn't clear, you can take steps to prevent them. For example:

Drink adequate fluids

Drink adequate fluids to prevent dehydration. Aim for at least 8 8 oz. (.24 L) glasses of water a day, and make sure to drink more if you are exercising or living in a hot climate.

Stretch your calf muscles

Stretching before bed might help prevent leg cramps during pregnancy. Stand at arm's length from a wall, place your hands on the wall in front of you and move your right foot behind your left foot. Slowly bend your left leg forward, keeping your right knee straight and your right heel on the floor. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, being careful to keep your back straight and your hips forward. Don't rotate your feet inward or outward and avoid pointing your toes. Switch legs and repeat.

Take a magnesium supplement

Limited research suggests that taking a magnesium supplement might help prevent leg cramps during pregnancy. Make sure you have your health care provider's OK to take a supplement, however. You might also consider eating more magnesium-rich foods, such as whole grains, beans, dried fruits, nuts and seeds.

Choose proper footwear

Choose shoes with comfort, support and utility in mind. It might help to wear shoes with a long counter — the firm part of the shoe that surrounds the heel.

Contact your health care provider if your leg cramps are severe or remain consistent. Your health care provider may prescribe additional supplements or medication. 


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