Cramping During Pregnancy

What is it?
We’re not talking about menstrual cramps. This is a sharp pain situated in your calf muscles or feet. It is common to get these cramps at night during the last three months of pregnancy. You’ll notice it more after a physical workout or in hot weather. During hot weather, increase your salt and calcium intake to help avoid the onset of cramps. Potassium deficiency also plays a role: eat more fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium.

If despite preventative measures you’re still getting cramps during the night, pull your toes up toward your ankles or rub the ailing muscle. Before you go to sleep, ask your partner to massage your feet, ankles and lower legs. During the day, you can perform leg and foot exercises. Many women find it very helpful to wear compression stockings.

The occasional cramp is not a serious problem. However, if you’re noticing a frequent cramps you may want to consult your doctor.

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