Leg pain during pregnancy is frustrating! Here are some simple tips to relieve leg pain.
If you’re pregnant and wake up at night with tingling, achy or cramping legs, you’re not alone.
In fact, there are many different ailments that can plague your legs during pregnancy:
I’ve personally experienced restless leg syndrome (during my second pregnancy), charley horses (during my first pregnancy) and both varicose veins and leg cramps during my second and current pregnancies.
I will write a separate post on some preventative and relief measures for varicose veins, but here are some things that have helped relieve my leg cramps (which mostly occur at night):
How I Eased Leg Pain During Pregnancy
- Sleeping on my left side, with my legs cradling a body pillow. (You can find specialty pregnancy pillows online, but a regular body pillow works just fine for me.)
- Staying off my feet as much as possible. (This also helps with varicose veins.)
- Maintaining good calcium intake. If I do not feel like I am getting enough calcium through my diet, I make sure to drink a liquid calcium-magnesium supplement. I personally use the Natural Calm brand, and I get mine on Vitacost (if you order anything from Vitacost through this link as a first-time customer, you’ll get a $5 off coupon!).
- I am not absolutely sure this is what has done it, but I’ve recently been taking Trilight Health’s iron supplement. My leg pain has almost disappeared since I started taking this!
Have you ever experienced leg pain during pregnancy? What helped alleviate your pain?
**Disclaimer: I am in no way a health professional or expert. This post is my personal experience and opinions only. Please do your own research and consult your trusted health professional if you are experiencing leg pain during pregnancy.**
Check out the other posts in this series:
- 10 Reasons We Opted to Give Birth at a Birth Center
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 2
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 1
- How to Achieve a Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting
- Real Food Pregnancy Cheats/Shortcuts
- OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider Who Works for You
- A Comparison of Birth Settings: Home, Hospital and Birth Center
- Resources for a Natural Pregnancy
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Much More than Severe Morning Sickness