HOW TO AVOID LEG CRAMPS WHILE PREGNANCY?
Pregnant woman usually at the second and third trimesters might have painful
leg cramps, this painful usually happen at night or at sleeping time. This problem
could be more often at the last months of pregnancy.
Why Leg Cramps Happen at Pregnant Woman?
When the pregnancy woman having leg cramps, the problem sudden tightening of
muscles that cause intense pain. The reason of muscles tighten could be from
variety, such as injury, lack of fluids, muscle strain, or staying in the same
position for a long period of time. The cramp of pregnancy woman legs pains
could be cause of blood circulation problems or pressure on the spine.
There are to many cause that can make leg cramps happen, that's why this problem
can not be find the main cause, but some cause could be :
- Changes in blood circulation while pregnancy.
- Extra weight of pregnancy make the stress on the leg muscles.
- Growing baby could make pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that go
Some research ever thought about leg cramps were happen because too little
calcium at pregnancy woman diet. As we know that pregnancy woman should eat
so much food which is contain a lot of calcium. This is very important to your
baby's development and also could make your bones become strong and healthy.
What Should I Do When Having Leg Cramps?
- Avoid for standing or sitting in one position for long time periods. Avoid
sitting in a position that may restrict blood flow (such as sitting with your
legs crossed for long periods of time).
- Have Exercise. Regular exercise, such as a daily walk, can help prevent
leg cramps. (Always be sure to find out from your health care provider what
exercises are safe for you and how long you can maintain your exercise program.)
If you’re able to stand, walking for a few minutes when you have a leg
cramp can help ease the pain and relax the muscle.
- Stretch. Stretching your legs (especially your calves) before going to bed
can help reduce your chances of getting leg cramps. When you feel a cramp
in your leg, straighten your leg—heel first—and wiggle your toes.
Avoid pointing your toes when stretching or exercising.
- Drink fluids plenty. Avoid getting dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of
water during the day.
Massage your legs and apply heat. When you have a leg cramp, relax the muscle
through gentle massage, or heat the muscle with a warm towel or hot water
bottle. A warm bath before bedtime may also help to relax your muscles and
prevent leg cramps.
Pregnancy woman when having leg cramps doesn't need to have some medicine,
usually the leg cramps go away by itself and without medical treatment. But
if the pain is frequent come and become severe, you should ask the doctor to
get more information about the leg cramps.