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Leg cramps during pregnancy can be caused by the pressure of the growing baby on the nerves in your legs and by normal changes in the calcium and phosphorus levels in the bloodstream. Massage, heat over the affected muscle and pointing your toes toward your knee can help relieve a leg cramp. You may also want to talk to your doctor about taking calcium supplements or other medications.
Leg cramps can be a very common issue for ladies, and in pregnancy they're definitely more common. Some of it's because we are carrying more weight, so our leg muscles actually notice that. Some of it can be from deficiencies in our diet. I like to tell my patients that potassium can be very helpful, so eat more bananas. Calcium, found in dairy products, can sometimes be helpful. Magnesium can sometimes also be helpful, so you might want to look at your prenatal vitamin and see if that's part of your prenatal vitamin, and if not, talk to your care provider. Stretching the legs regularly can be very helpful. If you do get a leg cramp, you can massage that out, that's not going to harm anything. Also straightening the leg and flexing the ankle can be very helpful too.
Paula Greer, Midwifery Nursing, answered
Leg cramps are common during pregnancy. Sometimes they are related to calcium/ phosphorus or magnesium imbalances in the body. When you are pregnant it is important to eat a well balanced diet for you and the baby and remember to take your prenatal vitamins and get adequate calcium in your diet.
Here are some measures that may help when you are experiencing the cramp:
Counter pressure or stretch the heel away from the body. If you are in bed and have someone at home you can have them take your foot and press it towards your face while you press down against their hand. This flexion should help relieve the cramp. If you are alone standing on the leg with the cramp may help.
Acupressure applied to the posterior mid calf and flexing the foot is also helpful.
Homeopathic remedies include Cabarea Phosphate 30 x tid, Calcarea carbonate 30x tid, raspberry leaf, nettle and dandelion.
As with any medicine or herb you should check with your OB/GYN or midwife before using and make sure there is nothing else more serious going on.
Regular walking, swimming and prenatal yoga may help prevent cramps.
Riverside Women's Health answered
At different times during your pregnancy, you might have sudden muscle spasms in your legs or feet. They usually occur at night. This is due to a change in the way your body processes calcium.Gently stretch muscles Get mild exercise For sudden cramps, flex your foot forward Eat calcium-rich foods Ask your doctor about calcium supplements This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center