Most of us have had these - pregnant or not. Often referred to as a “charlie horse” - leg cramps during pregnancy occurs predominately at night.
- Additional weight gain of pregnancy
- Changes in circulation
- The uterus may also press on the nerves and blood vessels that go to the legs
- They may also be caused by dehydration or electrolyte imbalances common during pregnancy
CAUTION - Both of these factors may contribute to early labor so severe leg cramps, while common and often harmless - contact your doctor.
WHAT TO DO
- Foot and leg exercises can help with circulation and reduce the frequency of leg cramps - Standing footwork on the Barre, Lunges, Squats
- Stay hydrated - the more water, coconut water and other hydrating drinks can help eliminate symptoms
- Stretching the calves and hamstrings - against the wall, using the theraband
- Rolling out the feet using a pinky-ball (believe me this feels amazing and will become addictive)