Why are my legs cramping?

This is another “don’t worry” situation. Nearly half of all pregnant women experience some cramping or leg spasms during their pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters. They might be caused by weight gain, which can change how your muscles function and your circulation. Pressure from your growing babe might also cause your nerves and blood vessels to get all agro.  Here are some ways to reduce or treat leg cramps, and as usual, if anything is feeling extreme or beyond normal, contact your doc. 

  • Exercise regularly
  • Rest with your legs up 
  • Wear compression socks or supportive stockings
  • Get prenatal massages (go on, treat yourself)
  • Apply heat directly to the sore spot