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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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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-- David E. Zepeda, MD, ob-gyn at The Women's Specialists of Houston, affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women, and clinical associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine

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