Why do you get leg cramps during pregnancy? Can you prevent them?
Dr Goh Shen Li, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in S L Goh Women’s Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, shares her expert advice.
“There are a few theories why leg cramps occur during pregnancy. It could be caused by fatigue from carrying your pregnancy weight, compression of the blood vessels or nerves in the legs, or changes in blood circulation.
“You may find leg cramps keeping you up at night – that’s when exhaustion hits and fluid retention is worse.
“To prevent such leg cramps during pregnancy, try stretching your calf muscles regularly and wear socks or supportive stockings.
“Get Hubby to give you foot massages before bedtime and prop your feet on a pillow whenever you can.
“Although not conclusive, some research also suggests that leg cramps are possibly related to diet — you may not be getting enough calcium or magnesium.
“In any case, there is no harm in eating healthy food, such as dairy products and bananas, which contain these nutrients.”