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What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

One cause Veins: Many women have inherited the gene for venous disease. Then with hormones of pregnancy, increased pressure on the pelvic veins and leg veins. There is venous reflux. Please wear prescription support stockings throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I'm in my five month of pregnancy I'm suffering from knee and leg pain what should I do?

I'm in my five month of pregnancy I'm suffering from knee and leg pain what should I do?

Tell our OB MD: You need to tell this to your OB MD who may have a reason for the same or be able to refer you to the proper specialist if not. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if leg pain can be caused by pregnancy?

Could you tell me if leg pain can be caused by pregnancy?

Lots of Reasons: When pregnant, there are so many things going on. Your hormones are very different causing your ligaments to stretch quite a bit especially in the pelvis resulting in pain. Also the baby's position can place stress on your spine resulting in bulging discs or even herniated disks causing the sciatica pain. Recommend seeing a pregnancy specialized therapist that can guide you through this. ...Read more

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Does excruciating leg pain at night accompany early pregnancy symptoms or should I be worried?

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 (folic acid) 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

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Can sex cause vaginal yeast infection in pregnancy and is there any link between yeast infection tablets and upper leg pain?

Can sex cause vaginal yeast infection in pregnancy and is there any link between yeast infection tablets and upper leg pain?

Yeast infection: Vaginal yeast infections are more common in pregnancy because of the hormonal changes and are not usually caused by sex. The back strain of pregnancy caused by the compensation for your center of gravity shifting can result in pain in the upper leg. This is not caused by medicines used for yeast infections. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in my back leg. Pain went away after 10 minutes now the pain is back but it's my whole leg now?

Nerve or Vascular: Question is whether this is chronic or just an incident. The description of "sharp" pain while laying down may be related to position and the result of a nerve compression. However, another considering is that this could be vascular related the result of a clot and/or restriction of blood flow. Talk to your primary care physician either way, but if chronic, consider urgent care/er. ...Read more