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Leg cramps during pregnancy

Many women suffer with leg cramps during pregnancy. This article contains information on treating and preventing leg cramps in pregnancy and more.

A cramp is a sudden sharp pain, caused by an involuntary spasm. Leg cramps during pregnancy are extremely common. 

A good way to relieve leg cramp is to flex your foot at the ankle and then circle your ankle vigorously - this increases the blood-flow to the leg. Massaging the affected muscles or pulling the foot towards you from the toes can also help.

If you suffer from repeated cramps, exercise can help reduce the number of times you are affected. Try gently stretching the affected muscles several times a day.

Further information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support with all aspects of being pregnant, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

NHS choices offers information on cramp when you are pregnant. The NHS choices site also gives some suggested exercises for prevention of cramp