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HOW TO AVOID LEG CRAMPS WHILE PREGNANCY?

HOW TO AVOID LEG CRAMPS WHILE PREGNANCY?
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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 to legs.

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.

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