|Mid to late pregnancy |
|Calcium, which affects muscle contractions, is less easily absorbed
during pregnancy. Pressure from your growing uterus slows circulation in
the legs, and this may lead to cramps. Leg cramps often occur when you
are in bed. |
|Watch your diet. Be sure to eat foods that are rich in calcium. |
If you take a calcium supplement, it's best to eat foods that contain calcium at the same time. This mineral is best utilized by your body when it is in the presence of other nutrients found around it naturally.
To ease a cramp in your calf, push away from your body with your heel. At the same time, pull your toes toward your shoulder. This helps stretch the muscle out of its cramp. If you have someone to help you, you can achieve the same affect by having that person press down on your knee with one hand while pushing up against the sole of your foot with the other hand.
Gentle massage or a hot water bottle on the cramp may help. Try a warm tub bath. (If your cramp is especially severe, you may need someone to help.
Avoid lying on your back. The weight of your body and the pressure of your enlarged uterus on major blood vessels will slow down circulation in your legs and increase the likelihood of cramps. Lie on your left side instead.
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