Is your body waking you up with severe leg cramps during the night? Are your leg muscles painfully cramping, especially in the calf muscle? Pregnancy leg cramps are a common pregnancy symptom that many women experience, especially during the third trimester. With a growing baby come more aches and pains.
Generally, muscle cramps in the lower legs start happening in the later stages of pregnancy, from the third trimester. These leg cramps can be quite painful and it can take a few minutes to get them to ease off and calm muscle spasms down.
When you are working on getting pregnant, you don’t hear about this kind of pregnancy symptom. It is good to be prepared and know causes and treatments and begin supplements early on in pregnancy.
I have found little medical explanation to explain why leg cramps (or charley horses) happen:
“Ouch my Charley Horses”
Have you come across the term Charley Horse? According to medicine.net, it is simply a common term for painful leg cramps. Nothing to do with a horse at all.
Contact your health care provider to discuss pregnancy health and your leg cramp symptoms. It is always important to get a medical opinion as leg cramps in pregnancy could be a sign of something more severe such as blood clots.