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Leg Cramps

Pregnancy Symptoms and Discomforts

Nothing brings you out of a good night's sleep quicker than leg cramps. Although the exact cause is unknown, research has linked these muscle pains to excessive phosphorus and a lack of calcium and potassium in the diet. If you are experiencing leg cramps you may want to try the following suggestions:

  • Limit soda to one can a day or less.
  • Include 3 - 4 servings of milk or dairy products each day.
  • Consume fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium, such as bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, and peaches.
  • Limit processed foods such as lunchmeats, hot dogs, ham, and bacon. They're high in sodium.
  • Do not stand for long periods of time.
  • Rest on your side as often as possible.
  • Gently stretch the calf muscle. Flex your foot by pointing your toe toward your knee.
  • You may also add a heating pad on the cramped area, but do not use it for longer than 15 minutes at a time.
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Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
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