Saturday, October 29, 2011

What causes leg cramps?

Surprisingly, those excruciating leg cramps that have you waking up in the middle of the night clutching your calves are caused by your back. To compensate for supporting the increasing load in the front, the curvature of the spine changes during pregnancy so that the lower portion of the back is pushed forward. This posture frequently pinches the motor nerve which runs from the spine down the leg — and that pinching is what causes leg cramps. Prenatal yoga or any gentle stretching of the back and hips may help ease the pain. Read more

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