Back Pain And Leg Cramps:
In the second and third trimesters, your baby's growth may add pressure to your uterus, causing cramps and back pain. Since leg cramps may be a sign that you need more calcium or potassium in your diet, try eating healthy foods that contain these nutrients. A glass of calcium-enriched orange juice may do the trick. If you do lots of sitting during the day, be sure to take breaks and stretch. If you stand for long periods of time, wearing support hose may be beneficial.
To keep back pain to a minimum, notice the ways you sit, stand, and move, and see if there are ways to lessen the burden on your back. When lifting, be sure to bend at the knees, not the waist, and then lift with your legs, not your back. For sleeping, lie on your side with your knees bent and a pillow placed in between them. Place another pillow under your abdomen. This should help to lessen your lower back pain.
If you have pain or swelling in one leg more than the other, or if your back pain comes and goes and feels like menstrual cramps, contact your health care provider.
- Reviewed last on: 10/22/2008
- Peter J. Chen, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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