Leg cramps

Leg cramps

Leg cramps are another painfully common experience brought to you by the sadistic pregnancy fairy. Most common in the second and third trimester, these shooting muscular leg pains are easily treatable and usually nothing to worry about.

  • The cause(s): If you're an athletic pregnant woman, it could be an electrolyte imbalance treated with magnesium supplements. Otherwise, most doctors tend to attribute it to decreased circulation to your legs from extended periods of standing, sitting or laying down. This is why so many women are awakened by leg cramps in the middle of the night.
  • The cure: Take a deep breath and relax your leg muscle before straightening your leg and gently flexing your toes back towards your shin bone. Take another deep breath and lightly massage your leg as you continue to relax.
  • Remember: Cramping will continue as long as you're tense, the more you tense up in response to the pain, the more you cramp. So, be sure to relax and breathe.