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How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Water and exercise

Leg cramps are common in pregnancy.
Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work.

In brief: Water and exercise

Leg cramps are common in pregnancy.
Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Patrick Weix
Orange juice fortified with calcium can be a way to get those nutrients if you don't like bananas.
Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Calcium, water

Taking calcium (and sometimes magnesium) before bed may help the charlie-horse type leg cramps that wake pregnant women up screaming at night.
Also, you should make sure that you drink enough water during the day to stay well hydrated. Massaging and stretching the calf when you get the cramp may help. If you have pain, redness and swelling in one leg only, call your doctor right away.

In brief: Calcium, water

Taking calcium (and sometimes magnesium) before bed may help the charlie-horse type leg cramps that wake pregnant women up screaming at night.
Also, you should make sure that you drink enough water during the day to stay well hydrated. Massaging and stretching the calf when you get the cramp may help. If you have pain, redness and swelling in one leg only, call your doctor right away.
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