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Achy Legs During Early Pregnancy
What causes dry skin on belly, arms, legs during early pregnancy? I'm 9w2d and skin is flaky. Never had this before. Areolas are a little itchy?
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I'm 18 weeks pregnant and I have horrible achy legs when i sleep! what causes this during pregnancy?
Check your iron: Sometimes, restless legs/ cramping pain on legs at night time during pregnancy is related to iron deficiency. Especially during pregnancy, it is very important to make sure your iron level , folate level are adequate- as they are important for the baby growth/brain and nerve development. Go to see gp or your OB and make sure they check your iron level. Electrolytes abnormality should be considered. ...Read more
Sciatica: Sharp, shooting pain down the side of the thigh to below the knee can be related to sciatica, a pinched nerve in the lower back. It could also be iliotibial band syndrome. You can see your physician who will be able to clarify the diagnosis with a good exam. Because of the change in your abdomen and pelvis during pregnancy the lower back can also be strained, and sciatica is common in pregnancy. ...Read more
When my wife sleeps she has pain in both her legs, sometimes l eft sometimes right. This began during pregnancy and after, its been 10 months. Why?
Leg pain: It could be a circulation issue. Some pregnant women get restless leg like pain. Varicose veins ache at night. Less likely a blood clot in the leg (would usually hurt all day) Try propping up her lower legs on a pillow to elevated and see if it helps. She certainly can take some tylenol before bedtime for the aching and if unable to sleep, I tell my pregnant patients to use tylenol pm. ...Read more
Several things: Have your doctor check on whether you might be iron deficient, or have certain vitamin deficiencies (folic acid), both of which can increase RLS symptoms. Avoid caffeine, esp after noon. It is usually transient in pregnancy. Meds used in treatment are cat. C, which means while they have not been proven safe, they haven't been proven harmful in human beings in usual doses. Hot packs may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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