Restless Legs Syndrome During Pregnancy
Can’t sleep because you can’t stand to lie still? We’ve got the details on why you’ve got restless legs during pregnancy and how to deal with it.
What’s the best way to treat RLS during pregnancy?
Do everything you can to prep your body for a good night’s sleep: Avoid caffeine, don’t smoke or drink alcohol, and get regular exercise during the day. Take short warm baths, stretch often and try massage -- and when you’re sitting still, keep yourself busy and alert (knit, play a game, have a good conversation).
If you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t fight the urge to move. Get up out of bed and do something else for a little while.
What can I do to prevent RLS during pregnancy?
Make sure you’re taking your prenatal vitamin, eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, and getting plenty of exercise.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have RLS?
“I've been there! I only have a couple of suggestions: Try running hot water at the end of your shower if you shower just before going to bed. Or try rubbing your legs (like when you put lotion on). I find that if I counter the overstimulation with slower stimulation, it will calm down.”
“I'm pretty sure I have undiagnosed restless legs syndrome! I get like this almost every night before bed. I have my husband tickle (like a slow tickle) or rub my legs for me. It really helps a lot. I also get it when I sit for longer periods of time, but the only thing that helps is to walk around.”
“What's helped the most for me is soaking my legs and feet in hot water just before bed. And actually, for the past two days I was out of town and had to do a lot of walking -- I wound up soaking my legs and feet two to three times a day, and guess what? No restless legs for the past two nights! I'm back at home now and am going to try to keep up the same routine and see if it works.”
Are there any other resources for RLS?
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Plus, more from The Bump:
Leg Pain During Pregnancy
Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy
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