Do you know that tingling sensation in your legs that makes you feel like you have to "move" your legs? As soon as you move your legs, the tingling sensation is gone, but when you stop moving it comes back again. Very frustrating! This phenomenon is called Restless Leg Syndrome or: restless legs. Read here troubled legs during pregnancy is caused and what you can possibly do about it.
Symptoms troubled legs during pregnancy
You know if you suffer from troubled legs during pregnancy when you notice the following symptoms:
- Tingling or scratching sensation in your legs.
- Great urge to move your legs.
- When you move your legs, the feeling is gone.
- The feeling comes mainly when you lie down or sit for a while.
- The tingling sensation is in the lower legs, thighs or feet.
- You have the restless legs in the beginning or at the end of your pregnancy.
Causes of troubled legs
Despite the fact that quite a few pregnant women (about 25%) suffer from troubled legs during pregnancy, not much is known yet. For example, it is not scientifically established what the cause is and they also do not know exactly what can be done against it. There are only a few suspicions such as:
- Poor circulation in the legs. This is possibly caused by your pregnancy.
- Heredity. If your mother had a lot of troubled legs during pregnancy, chances are that you will get it too. Thanks mom ...
- Sleep deprivation can also be a cause and now sleep deprivation occurs a lot during pregnancy.
- Too little iron.
- Too little folic acid (ask your doctor if that is the case with you)
- Hold moisture in the feet and ankles.
- An imbalance in your body in the dopamine content.
Tips against troubled legs during pregnancy
Believe me, I know like no other how incredibly annoying restless legs are during pregnancy. I had a lot of problems in my last trimester, especially when the weather was warm. Unfortunately, there is no cure for troubled legs that you can safely take during pregnancy.
What I did to get rid of the troubled legs was to make a deep squat, get up slowly and immediately step onto my toes. Then I stood on my toes for 3 seconds and fell back into a squat. This I repeated 10 times. In this exercise you use almost all muscles in your legs, which can help to stimulate blood flow. You will also feel tired, which may help you fall asleep again.
I must honestly say that it did not always work and if it worked it was not always of long duration. In addition to the exercise, it also helped me to sit on the cold tile floor. That made my legs a bit numb.
Other tips that might help against troubled legs during pregnancy:
- Provide sufficient exercise, such as half an hour every day. View good ways to exercise or exercise during pregnancy.
- Turn circles with your feet or stretch and curl your toes so you have a better blood flow.
- Put something cold on your legs.
- Make sure you get enough moisture (at least 1.5 liters per day)
- Massage your legs for better circulation. A massage also helps to retain moisture.
- Make sure you get enough iron and folic acid.
- Make sure you have a good night rhythm as good as possible.
Do you have any tips for restless legs that should not be missing in this list?