Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Leg cramps keeping you up at night? Here's how to handle leg cramps during pregnancy -- and how to know they're not a sign of something more serious.
What can I do to prevent leg cramps during pregnancy?
To prevent cramps caused by dehydration, be sure you're drinking between 8 and 12 glasses of water a day. If water's not quite your thing, you can include milk, juice (avoid juice packed with sugar), sparkling water and decaf tea and coffee in the mix too.
The other problem may be your diet. Drops in potassium, calcium or magnesium can all lead to muscle spasms. Now that you're pregnant, you should have 4,700 mg of potassium, 1,000 to 1,300 mg of calcium and 350 to 360 mg of magnesium per day.
In addition to eating and drinking right, there are some things you can do to limit those sharp pains in your calves. Stretching will keep your muscles more elastic and less likely to contract. Walking around and getting that blood flowing might help too.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have leg cramps?
“The leg cramps have been the worst part of my second trimester so far! Almost every night, they wake me up, and I’ve definitely had a few knots, usually in my thighs. I started drinking more water and milk, and they’ve gotten a lot better. I stretch every night and morning now too.”
“I used to get leg cramps once in a while pre-pregnancy, but now I’m in my early third trimester and just a few weeks ago started getting them once or twice a week. Sometimes it’s so bad it feels like the tightest knot ever and lasts a few days. I read that increasing calcium in your diet helps.”
“I had [leg cramps] early on, but then made sure I was getting my vitamins and calcium, and that seemed to help. I’ve also heard that magnesium helps.” -
Are there any other resources for leg cramps?
American Pregnancy Association
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