Posts: 6 | Joined: 30th Sep 06
hi. I recently posted an article on another site about leg cramp, which may be a little bit of use to you. Here it is
I'm guessing that most of you, like me, have suffered from leg cramps during your pregnancy. Every pregnancy magazine I read said there is nothing you can do, but here are some tips to beat it.
1) Drink plenty of water as dehydration can cause loads of problems including cramp. I was in hospital a couple of years ago with severe dehydration simply because I forgot to drink for a couple of days! They told me that if I had just gone to bed thinking it was flu I probably would have died!
2) Bananas - sometimes cramp is caused by a lack of potassium in your body and bananas are packed with potassium
3) Gentle exercise to stretch your calf muscles is great, but don't overdo it or it will get worse
If it hits you suddenly in the night then quickly stretch your calf muscle by pulling your toes up towards your knee and holding it for a couple of seconds or get up and walk around. My boyfriend swears by massaging your calf in a small circular motion moving in a straight line from the back of your knee to your heel slowly, but I feel this can sometimes hurt too much.
If all those don't work then your body may be low in salt. Try licking your finger, dipping it in salt then licking it again and washing it down with a couple of glasses of water
WARNING!! TO MUCH SALT IS DANGEROUS FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY SO ONLY DO THIS IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES AND VERY, VERY RARELY. DO NOT DO IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A HIGH SALT INTAKE IN YOUR DIET!!!
Hope this helps