Does this sound familiar?
You’re pregnant and you’ve finally gone to sleep. It took a lot of tossing and turning before you found the perfect position but your eyes have finally closed.
You did have to get up to pee twice but sleep has finally taken over.
You did find it a bit uncomfortable at first because of indigestion but now your exhausted body has finally drifted off to sleep …
Until … AAGGHHH!!!! A leg cramp!!! Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch OUCH!!
Is there a more painful way to wake up than with a leg cramp? If your sleep is disturbed by leg cramps when you’re pregnant you’re not alone.
About a third of pregnant women experience leg cramps and, according to a recent survey by Crampeze Australia on the Bub Hub, 76.8 per cent of those say they experience them during the night.
Their cramps are most apparent in the third trimester (67.8 per cent of respondents) although 30.7 per cent also experience them in the second trimester.
And 80 per cent of the respondents say their cramps are in the calf muscle with just 19 per cent in the thigh.
So what exactly are night leg cramps and why are they so common in pregnancy?
Leg cramps are characterised by a sudden movement in the leg muscles which causes a painful involuntary contraction. They can last from a few seconds up to a few minutes.
There are many suggested causes of leg cramps in pregnancy including:
- Increased blood volume
- Nutrient deficiencies – Low levels of certain minerals
- Mineral imbalances
- Fluid retention
- Poor circulation
- High blood pressure
- Growing baby placing more pressure on the blood vessels
What can you do to relieve pregnancy leg cramps?
Until now there has been little pregnant women could do to relieve pregnancy leg cramps. Now, there are Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps Chewable Tablets which contain homeopathic ingredients that have been proven to help relieve muscle cramps while pregnant and breastfeeding.
Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps chewable tablets
- Contain homoeopathic Viburnum Opulus traditionally used to help relieve muscular cramps during pregnancy
- Contain Vitamin D for healthy bones
- Strawberry-tasting sugar-free chewable tablets
- Can be taken in conjunction with other pregnancy vitamin-related products
- Ideal for pregnant women, who are especially prone to muscular cramping in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters and while breastfeeding
This blog post is sponsored by Crampeze Australia.
Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps chewable tablets (RRP: $19.95) are available at leading pharmacies and selected Coles stores. Visit www.crampeze.com.au