• Dr Peter Chew

Leg cramps during pregnancy

Muscle fatigue is the cause of the leg cramps. It usually happens at night and can wake you up from sleep.

Varicose veins (dilated veins) in the legs resulting from the enlarged uterus pressing on the pelvic vessels may aggravate the condition.

When a leg cramp hits, immediately stretch out the leg and bend the toes towards the shin. Massage it until the cramp is gone.

Taking a glass of milk for extra calcium and eating a banana for potassium before bed may help.

You should wear tight stockings if you have varicose veins. Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.

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