Cramps at Night
I've been getting leg cramps at night that are keeping me from getting
a good sleep. Is there anything that I can do to alleviate this?
Leg cramps have many causes, including compression of lower extremity
nerves by your growing uterus, fatigue, poor peripheral circulation,
and pointing your toes when you stretch your legs and walk. Sometimes
leg cramps are caused by calcium and phosphorus imbalances.
you get a leg cramp stretch your cramped leg muscle until the spasm
relaxes. Sit on the floor and have someone else push downward on
your thigh above the knee and pull your toes toward your head. If
you are alone, stand in front of a wall and place both hands on
the wall. Place the uncramped leg about a foot from the wall and
bend that knee slightly. Lean into the wall. Stretch the cramped
leg out as far as you can, but keep your heal down, and toe pointed
toward the wall. Stretch until you feel your cramped calf muscle
certain that you sleep tilted or fully on your side with pillow
support under your tummy and a pillow between your knees. Good body
alignment while sleeping helps to reduce pressure on the muscles
and nerves in the groin, back, hips and legs. It also helps you
to get a better night's sleep.
low-fat dairy products for calcium. Eat potassium-rich foods such
as bananas, citrus fruits, dried fruits, tomatoe juice, deep yellow
vegetables, pecans, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Be sure to drink
plenty of water to maintain hydration and help flush waste products
from the muscles.
leg spasms occur frequently, report them to your practitioner. He
or she may recommend on oral supplement aimed at correcting calcium/phosphorus
imbalance. However, please do not take any supplements unless your
practitioner recommends them.
Wishes to you!
to With You And Your
Baby All the Way
Colonero is an obstetrical nurse and author of "With You & Your
Baby All of the Way -- the Complete Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth,
Recovery, and Baby Care." Visit