A leg up on RLS
Are annoying twinges and serious spasms cramping your expectant style? […]
Are annoying twinges and serious spasms cramping your expectant style? Follow these simple steps to relax your gams and reduce prenatal pains.
Stretch it out.
Leg cramps often intensify at night. Before bed, stand two feet in front of a wall with your palms flat against it. Lean forward with your legs straight and heels on the floor, stretching your calf muscles. Hold the position for 10 seconds, then rest for five seconds before repeating.
Consume at least eight full glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration, which can result in water retention and put additional weight and pressure on already maxed out muscles.
Take a load off.
Alternate periods of activity and exercise with a little R&R. Sit down and elevate your feet, or if you have to spend your day up and about, wear pregnancy support hose and opt for comfy footwear.
If relief is hard to come by, talk to your practitioner about additional supplements or medication that can ease the tension in your legs.