Painful leg cramps seem to be standard issue to many women in pregnancy. You know what I’m talking about, you wake up out of DEAD sleep screaming from the pain. Your partner wakes up, thinks the worst, and then the pain subsides.
Leg cramping is typically a result of two things: Dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance. Many of the women I speak to drink water all day everyday, which is great because of the 40% increase in fluid volume, but not so great for electrolyte balance.
Below is a list of things recommended by my clients, that helped them with those oh so painful cramps.
- Coconut Water. Coconut has double the benefit. Hydration and a rich source of electrolytes! Rich in potassium and magnesium it is a great pre-bed drink.
- Magnesium Oil Spray. I’ve never tried this before but a client came in and said it worked instantly. You can buy it online or at a whole foods. Supposedly it absorbs straight into the skin which is how it provides immediate relief. If the thought of spraying magnesium onto your skin doesn’t appeal to you, this link from baby center has great dietary sources of magnesium.
- Bar of Soap. I know, sounds crazy right? I had one client swear by it. She would put a bar of soap at the end of her bed every night and her cramping stopped. What happened when she kicked the soap out of the bed? The cramping came back. I ask what kind of soap, and she said none in particular. Interesting to say the least. If you’re reading this in the dead of night and are desperate for anything, it’s worth a try.
- Bananas. It’s the go to for cramping in the fitness world. Another rich source of potassium many runners slam a banana and peanut butter snack before go time.
- Water! You can’t get hydrated without water. Water doesn’t need to bet drank straight up either. Try red raspberry tea to help strengthen your uterus or a nice chamomile tea before bedtime. Try for at least 10 cups of water a day and stay away from drinks that provide empty calories.
Have any other great tricks that helped you out? Share it in the comments!