Pregnancy Leg Cramps

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I don’t know about you, but I swear Mother Nature was trying to prepare me for waking during the night with the inability to sleep and then the leg cramps!!

Leg cramps can be due to a calcium / magnesium imbalance.  Baby needs lots of calcium and magnesium to build healthy bones and sometimes us Mums become deficient.  Increase foods that contain both minerals and supplement if necessary. Almonds, broccoli, figs, salmon, sesame seeds, tofu, green leafy vegetables including spinach & kale are all sources of calcium.  Magnesium rich foods include pumpkin, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds, tahini, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews and spinach.

Dehydration can make cramps worse, so ensure you are getting your 2 litres per day (this can include your herbal teas).

Light exercise like yoga, pilates, swimming or walking can help with cramps too.