Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Have you gotten leg cramps during pregnancy yet?
If you haven’t and you are early on in your pregnancy, you may get them starting in the second trimester which is when most women get them.
I got them during my first pregnancy but didn’t really get them during my second one. I think maybe just a few times. But during my first pregnancy, calf cramps violently woke me and my hubby up a few times a week.
I still remember as if it was yesterday, the first time I got those darn leg cramps.
I woke up around 2am, screaming….. I mean, literally SCREAMING!
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch…. Oh my gosh……. As I reached and grabbed my leg and my husband jumped up and started saying what? what happened? Ouch ouch ouch is all I could say as I continued to grab my calf.
“Do I take you to the hospital”?
No, ouch ouch ouch, my calf is cramped……..
Stretch it he said….. and voila, it went it away.
Just a few seconds of pure torture lol and it was gone.
We laughed about it the next day. Actually I almost peed in my pants laughing about it the next day.
Its nothing to freak out about.
Actually, it’s quite normal and happens to many pregnant women.
What Is The Cause Of Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
The reason is unclear for the most part. But some say it could be dehydration, or lack of certain nutrients, fatigue from carrying the extra weight…… Hormones………
There is no “researched” answer as of now to the reason why it happens.
But like I said, don’t freak out, nothing is wrong, and its just a matter of knowing what to do as soon as you start to feel them.
I work with thousands and thousands of pregnant women on a daily basis who do my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts and a lot of them tell me that they get the leg cramps, and once I tell them what to do and how to catch them, you barely feel them.
What To Do To Relieve The Leg Cramp Pain
Seriously, its so much simpler than we think.
All we really need to do is STRETCH.
It’s literally a cramp, a muscle tightness. So as soon as you stretch it, you will feel relief.
1. Extend your leg.
2. Drop your heel and flex your foot up as if you were pulling your toe nails towards your shins.
3. Keep your heel down and your toes up and continue to pull your toes toward your shins.
4. Also make circles with your ankles both ways, do about 3 circles each way. This will decompress your joints and help ease the discomfort.
This is basically what it will look like, except you will most likely be laying down as it usually happens in the wee hours of the night. LOL.
How To Prevent Leg Cramps
Well, for one thing you can make sure you are well hydrated.
Get used to going everywhere with a bottle of water and set some goals of how many ounces you will drink by certain times.
Also, make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough nutrients as a deficiency in certain nutrients may cause the cramps.
Eating healthy will also help you in every single aspect of your pregnancy.
It will help you have less aches and pains because you gain less weight. It helps you be way less uncomfortable which is what happens terribly when you gain a lot of pain. It helps you have a faster and easier delivery, and it helps you lose your baby weight much faster which also helps reduce your chances of postpartum depression.
Pretty crazy right?
I know, that was my motivation to eat healthy and exercise.
And I did, I did my own Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts both pregnancies. Check out how fast I lost my baby weight.
There is no reason at all why you can’t do the same. You totally can. And I hope you do.
So I want to help you a little with the nutrition and healthy eating thing.
I know you are probably a little frustrated like most pregnant women, because your OB hasn’t educated you much on Pregnancy Nutrition.
Before I give you some pregnancy diet tips to help you, you also can just be really aware of your body and be prepared. The cramps normally happen in the middle of the night when you are sleeping. So as soon as you begin to feel the slightest tightness or pain, IMMEDIATELY get into the CALF STRETCH POSITION. This will help tons. I got used to doing this so I barely had any pain, I would usually catch it within a few seconds and just get into the stretch and I didn’t really end up having many more screaming episodes. Lol.
Pregnancy Diet Tips
It’s actually quite frustrating for me…….
Aside from giving you a list of foods you should NOT eat, and weighing you in every week, that is pretty much it. And it’s insane because what you eat doesn’t just affect YOU! It affects the baby as well.
Its very easy to say “you have to slow down with your weight gain”, but not give you any tools or resources to help you.
But you have to control what you eat and not use this pregnancy as an excuse to “Eat For 2”. I mean you don’t by any means have to diet. I certainly didn’t and I did allow myself some splurges. I would eat a bagel a week which I normally don’t when I’m not pregnant, I usually stick to oatmeal which I love. But you just have to make GOOD CHOICES. You should want to anyways because everything you are eating now is affecting your little baby. So make good choices girlfriend.
So here is what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to give you a NUTRITION GUIDE with exactly what to eat, all the RECIPES, good SNACK OPTIONS, etc. So that you can get an idea of how you should be eating during your pregnancy so that you can be healthy, be creating the best possible environment for your baby, and so that you don’t gain EXCESS WEIGHT so that you are not super uncomfortable all during pregnancy and feeling huge and self conscious. And so that you can lose all your baby weight fast postpartum.
I made this 2-Week Nutrition Guide to give away for FREE to all my pregos because I work with so many in my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program that always have so many NUTRITION questions. So, I figured I would make this in an easy to read, print and follow way to help you take the guesses out of how to eat optimally during your pregnancy.
If you follow it and you EXERCISE, you will not just have a great pregnancy but you will feel CONFIDENT, RADIENT, GLOWING. You won’t be uncomfortable and have aches and pains because you’ve gained so much weight. You will have an easier labor and delivery. You will sleep better, have more energy. And you will seriously decrease your chances of falling into POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.
I can’t wait for you to get this Nutrition Guide, the recipes are amazing, and there are so many different options for snacks. You are going to love it. Download it here (It’s totally FREE): PREGNANCY NUTRITION GUIDE.
I hope that you will download it and follow it.
All my pregnant clients that do my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts follow it as well and get amazing results.
Doing these workouts myself and following this Pregnancy Nutrition Guide is why I was able to get in the best shape of my life postpartum.
This is me with my daughter at 15 months.
It was overly worth it to eat healthy and exercise during pregnancy.
I hope this motivates you to invest a little time into exercising during pregnancy and into eating healthy. I also hope this will help you with your Leg Cramps During Pregnancy.
If you are super motivated to have a happy, healthy and fit pregnancy and you don’t know where to start, I will be happy to send you the Pregnancy Workouts that have helped thousands of pregnant women as well as myself. You will love the results. Here they are: Fit Mom-To-Be Pregnancy Workouts.
If you start my pregnancy workout program, I will see you inside the program.
I have lots of tips for you and I can’t wait for you to see all the videos of the exercises.
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So you can see how fabulous you will look.
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If you are struggling with what to eat and different options that are SAFE for the baby and won’t make you GAIN WEIGHT, you will totally enjoy and get great use of the MMF Pregnancy Diet Plan.
- Full Meal Plan for entire pregnancy.
- Easy Recipes.
- Kid-Friendly Recipes.
- Helps reduce cravings.
- Yummy and comforting meals.
It’s not too late to SLOW DOWN & LESSEN your Pregnancy Weight Gain.
If you exercise, you will see a huge change.
Less weight gain, not as fast and you will feel tighter, more fit, more energetic and less fatigue.
If you don’t want to spend 6-24 months postpartum losing your “BABY WEIGHT”, invest a little time, energy and possibly resources into your health and fitness this pregnancy. It will be so worth it when you are back at your pre-pregnancy weight in less than 3 months and feeling like yourself again.
If you need guidance, support and a safe exercise plan, you will love my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program (tested by TENS OF THOUSANDS of pregnant women).
And you can do it for your entire pregnancy (its not just a 12 week program).
Here is what you can expect:
- Less Weight Gain
- Less Stretch Marks and Cellulite
- Faster Labor & Delivery
- Faster Postpartum Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Less Aches & Pains
- Less Chances of Gestational Diabetes
- Better Sleep
What You Get:
- Monthly workouts that change every 4 weeks (which delivers the best results).
- No gym is required (2 versions available: home and gym).
- Exercise Videos & Pictures of every single exercise.
- Can view, access and download on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
- Private Facebook Group for support, community and questions answered by Michelle Marie.
- Monthly pregnancy nutrition tips to help you throughout your pregnancy.
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