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Why do I have restless legs now that I am pregnant?

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Dr. Mark Schwartz
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Hormonal Changes

The most likely causes are a combination of pressure from the baby and hormonal changes, that will lead to lower leg swelling and leg discomfort.

In brief: Hormonal Changes

The most likely causes are a combination of pressure from the baby and hormonal changes, that will lead to lower leg swelling and leg discomfort.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Dr. Mark Schwartz
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: We don't know

We really don't know the answer to this question.
It is not dangerous or a sign of anything bad happening. It is also not because of a mineral deficiency.

In brief: We don't know

We really don't know the answer to this question.
It is not dangerous or a sign of anything bad happening. It is also not because of a mineral deficiency.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Nutrient deficiency

Iron requirements increase 3-4 fold and folate (folic acid) requirements increase 8-10 fold during pregnancy.
Deficiency of these nutrients is associated with restless legs and supplementation is often beneficial. 80% of women not supplementing with folate (folic acid) had restless legs vs. 9% who supplemented! more information on this can be found at http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/2/101.Pdf.

In brief: Nutrient deficiency

Iron requirements increase 3-4 fold and folate (folic acid) requirements increase 8-10 fold during pregnancy.
Deficiency of these nutrients is associated with restless legs and supplementation is often beneficial. 80% of women not supplementing with folate (folic acid) had restless legs vs. 9% who supplemented! more information on this can be found at http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/2/101.Pdf.
Dr. Randy Baker
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