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What can I do for restless legs in pregnancy?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Folate (folic acid) and iron

Folate (folic acid) and iron requirements increase several-fold during pregnancy.
Those with low iron levels respond well to iron. Women supplementing with Folic Acid have a much lower incidence of restless legs during pregnancy. Stretching and magnesium supplementation may also be of benefit. More detailed information can be found at http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/2/101.Pdf.

In brief: Folate (folic acid) and iron

Folate (folic acid) and iron requirements increase several-fold during pregnancy.
Those with low iron levels respond well to iron. Women supplementing with Folic Acid have a much lower incidence of restless legs during pregnancy. Stretching and magnesium supplementation may also be of benefit. More detailed information can be found at http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/2/101.Pdf.
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Dr. Jan Rydfors
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Iron and stretching

Restless leg syndrome is when you have spontaneous and unpleasant movements in your legs.
It happens often at night and is very common (10% of all people). It is even more common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester (30%). It is also more common if you have a family member who has it. Taking in more iron, stretching before sleep and taking Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep can often help.

In brief: Iron and stretching

Restless leg syndrome is when you have spontaneous and unpleasant movements in your legs.
It happens often at night and is very common (10% of all people). It is even more common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester (30%). It is also more common if you have a family member who has it. Taking in more iron, stretching before sleep and taking Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep can often help.
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