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pregnancy planning

Leg cramps during pregnancy: causes and treatment.

It’s quite common to experience leg cramps during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. Nearly half of all pregnant women suffer from muscle spasms in their legs, with cramping more frequent during the evening.

What causes leg cramps during pregnancy?

Leg cramps may be caused by the additional weight gain of pregnancy and changes in your circulation. Pressure from the growing baby may also be placed on the nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs. This pressure or pinching may be the cause of your leg cramps.

What can you do to treat leg cramps during pregnancy?

There are a few things that you can do to treat leg cramps or prevent them from occurring.

We listed a couple of interventions that may help you avoid leg crumbs:

  • Stretch and exercise regularly.
  • Rest with your legs up.
  • Wear supportive stockings.
  • Massage your calves and feet.
  • Apply local heat.
  • Contact your doctor if your leg cramps are severe or persistent.

If you have any questions regarding pregnancy planning, contact Dr Rahul Sen  – obstetrician from Prince of Wales Private Hospital.