Cramps during pregnancy third trimester

Cramps during pregnancy

Dealing with cramps during pregnancy third trimester

Reasons for cramps in pregnancy

If you’re in your third trimester, chances are that you have experienced leg cramps already. Most women face this issue, especially because of all the weight and body mass gained by now. There are many reasons for having leg cramps during your pregnancy, especially in the thirdtrimester.

  • Your legs bear all the weight of the growing baby and feel the strain of it
  • Your growing uterus also puts a strain on the main vein of the leg causing cramps
  • Deficiency of certain nutrients like calcium and magnesium because the baby takes all the nutrients from your body and leaves you short of them

Tips to prevent cramps during pregnancy

  • Calf stretches: Stand a meter away from the wall and lean towards it with your hands outstretched to touch the wall. Keep your feet flat on the floor. Hold this position for five seconds.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and don’t worry about your trips to the toilet. Drink lesser water before you go to bed.
  • Bend and stretch your foot vigorously up and down 30 times. And then rotate each foot in each direction
  • Don’t stand for long periods and don’t sit with your legs crossed.
  • Have a warm bath before going to bed
  • Try not to sleep with your toes pointing downwards.

What to do if I get a pregnancy leg cramp?

If you get a leg cramp, stretch the muscle right away. Straighten your leg, heel first and gently. Do not stress your leg in any way during this time. This kind of pain could be debilitating.

  • flex your ankles and toes.
  • If that does not work, try to massage the cramped muscle while taking deep breaths and relaxing.
  • If that doesn’t work either, then get out of bed and walk around a little. You will feel better.
  • If neither of these techniques work and you feel pain and swelling in your leg, call your doctor straightaway. There is a chance that you might have a rare blood clot in the vein which needs immediate medical intervention.