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12/08/04



  

Get A Leg Up On Leg Cramps

Painful leg cramps sneaking up on you in the middle of the night??

Well, it happens to us too and we'd like to share some of our little remedies with you!

As you probably know, your heart, kidneys and circulatory system are working extra hard to during your pregnancy and your tired leg muscles may cramp up, especially during your second and third trimester.  As your uterus expands, it can put pressure on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs and bam!!  Cramp pain!!

When you get that crazy cramp, stretch the muscle straight away and straighten your leg and heel first and flex your ankles and toes.  Even though it may hurt at first, the pain will gradually go away.

We've also been told to make sure to increase your calcium and magnesium intakes since cramping may also be due to a neuromuscular irritability caused by an excess of phosphorus and a shortage of calcium circulating in the bloodstream.  Since magnesium aids in the function of nerves, bones and muscles, increasing your intake may help here.

Need more help??  Talk to your doctor if these easy remedies don't do the trick for you!!

     


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