While pregnant you may find yourself being woken in the night by sudden and severe cramps in your legs, usually in your calves. One theory is that leg and foot cramps during pregnancy are caused by a calcium or magnesium deficiency. Another theory is that salt lost through excessive sweating (yes you could sweat more too!) may contribute to leg cramps.
NB: If you have severe constant pain in the calf of your leg, and it appears to be swollen you need to go to the hospital to rule out the possibility of a blood clot
Some of our Tips:
- Drink a cup of hot/cold milk, or a glass of tonic water with quinine before going to bed
- Take a pregnancy approved calcium/magnesium supplement
- Circle your ankles and point your toes up towards the ceiling for several minutes before bed. Massage your calves with a tennis ball, foam roller, or your hand.
- In bed put a pillow under your knees so that they are slightly raised .
- If a leg cramp hits sit on the bed or floor with the leg straight and flex your toes back towards the body (Or get your partner to gently pull your toes back towards your body).
- During a foot cramp roll the foot over a bottle.
“On the advice of my grandmother I put a nylon stocking full of wine corks into the bottom of the bed. I’m not sure if it was co-incidence, but the cramps ended.”