Before I fell pregnant, I had major delusions about what to expect when expecting. Being with child means glowing, right? Perhaps for some mums-to-be, but many of us endure a host of painful, embarrassing and unexpected pregnancy symptoms. And this particular pregnancy ailment affects about one third of pregnant women – and it usually strikes just as we’re about to get some much-needed sleep. Welcome to the world of pregnancy leg cramps.
I can vividly remember my first pregnancy leg cramps. I was about 30 weeks, and after a busy day on my feet, my bed was looking particularly inviting. Once I’d managed to manoeuvre my bump into a comfortable position in bed, I began to stretch out my limbs – big mistake. Each leg began to cramp, which is an incredible pain at the best of times, but so much worse when you can’t actually reach your legs! I thought it was just a one off, but I soon realised every single time I tried to stretch my legs in bed the cramps would take hold.
I had no idea it was a pregnancy symptom. I thought it was just due to carrying baby weight. But pregnancy cramps are experienced by up to 30 per cent of mums-to-be, most commonly in the second and third trimesters. And they do often occur at night – when we’re desperate for our bodies to rest. They can also happen during the day, but may be less noticeable.
Why are cramps so common in pregnancy? There are lots of factors actually, but some of the most significant are the potent combo of fluid retention, nutrient deficiencies and the sheer extra strain on your blood vessels of growing a whole new person inside yourself! They affect some people much more severely than others, and if you’re one of those (un)lucky ones who suffers from them up to three times a week, you’ll want to know what you can do about it (besides jumping out of bed howling and trying to pull at your foot!). Fortunately, there are ways to help ease the symptoms.
Drinking lots of water is meant to help (although sometimes tricky when heavily pregnant!), and watching the way you sit during the day can too – no crossing your legs, and instead trying to stretch out your calf muscles whenever you can. Of course, if your lifestyle (and budget) allows for it, you could indulge in regular massages, and that would probably help a fair bit too – but is perhaps a bit unlikely!
If none of those remedies are making any difference, then it’s time to try something a bit more specific. Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps are chewable tablets aimed at helping relieve cramps in pregnancy, and can also be taken while breastfeeding. The tablets contain Viburnum Opulus, or ‘cramp bark’. Crampeze says this has been traditionally used in homeopathic medicine to treat pregnancy cramps.
The strawberry-flavoured, sugar-free tablets also contain magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D – which all help in a range of areas, including muscle function, immune system function and maintaining healthy bones. So you can treat this rather nasty pregnancy symptom while boosting your body!
Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps are available from major supermarkets and other retailers. Please remember to consult your health professional before taking any supplements during pregnancy, and also see your doctor if you experience cramps that are severe and persistent.
(This is a sponsored post for Crampeze)