In the second and third trimester of pregnancy, many women suffer from painful leg cramps, or charley horses, at night. These nighttime cramps can make it impossible to achieve restful sleep, creating a cycle of pain, stress, and exhaustion. Learn more about what causes this disruptive phenomenon and what steps you can take to help get a better night’s sleep.
Don’t let pregnancy-related back pain, leg pain, and other musculoskeletal issues keep you from enjoying everyday life. Airrosti providers are here to help you find fast pain relief and give you the tools needed to address problems as they appear.
Potential Causes of Pregnancy-Related Leg Pain
Knowing what’s causing your leg pain is the first step towards finding relief. There are many possible reasons you could be experiencing frequent leg cramps in your second or third trimester. However, some of the more probable causes of these pregnancy-related leg pains may include:
- Low calcium levels
- Joint stress
- Changes in blood circulation
- Nerve pressure
Tips to Help Relieve Leg Pain During Pregnancy
If you’re currently struggling with frequent leg cramps, charley horses, or other kinds of leg pain, here are some effective home remedies that may help curb the problem:
- Take a warm bath before bedtime to help improve circulation.
- Avoid crossing your legs while sitting to minimize nerve pressure.
- Take short walks throughout the day, as recommended by your doctor.
- Take any doctor-recommended vitamins and supplements to help reduce vitamin deficiencies.
- Keep track of your water intake and stay hydrated.
Exercises for Leg Pain Relief
Tension and muscle imbalance in the hips or low back can also lead to leg problems. Daily stretching and exercise can help keep these muscles from tightening up and causing pain. Below are a few quick stretches and exercises that can help address muscle tension in the hips and low back.
*Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor. ⠀
Support Every Step of the Way
While preparing for a new addition to your family can be exciting, remember to take time to care for yourself as well. Pregnancy can take a toll on your body in multiple ways, from leg cramps and low back pain to stress and exhaustion.
If you’ve been struggling with pregnancy-related leg, hip, or low back pain and need some relief, schedule an appointment with Airrosti today. Our providers are dedicated to finding and treating pain at the source for fast, long-term relief.
We offer both in-office and virtual appointments for your convenience. Give us a call at (800) 404-6050 to learn more.