Pregnancy and Restless Legs Syndrome

Pregnant women who have the condition of restless legs syndrome (RLS) often describe it as a burning or itchy feeling.This gives them an overwhelming urge to move their legs. On moving legs, this feeling subsides but disturbs would-be-mother’s sleep.

Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome in Pregnancy

The exact reason is unknown, but scientists believe that it is caused due to certain imbalances of the brain chemical, dopamine which helps in keeping muscle movement smooth. Also,rising estrogen levels during pregnancy and deficiency of folic acid or iron trigger the ordeal of restless legs syndrome.It is observed that RLS increases labor and invites C-section.

Treating RLS:

RLS makes the would-be-mother annoyed and miserable as it interrupts sleep, night after night. It is required to see a doctor if the condition becomes deteriorated. It is important to take necessary precautions to treat RLS, like:

Exercise regularly:Regular exercises and walking relieve RLS. If you have difficulty walking, get out of bed and walk around a bit.

Muscle work:Follow exercises that strengthen muscles suffering from the problem.Take your doctor’s advice before trying any type of exercise.

Yoga:Doing yoga for 10 to 20 minutes before sleeping decreases RLS. “I used to lie all night shaking my leg trying to sleep. Following yoga regularly helped me a lot in reducing RLS,” says a 28 year old mom-to-be.

Relaxing: Flex your toes hard while you breathe in. Hold for five to ten seconds and relax as you exhale.

Hot Bath: Take a warm bath while rubbing your legs.

Massage:Massaging legs also reduces RLS. Rubbing or massaging legs gives a great relief to would-be-moms.

Stretching: Do some yoga stretches and try to stretch entire legs, from hip to toe.

Magical cold water: Fill bathtub with the cold water and soak your feet in it.It relieves the symptoms of RLS and pregnant women can sleep easily.

Bananas: Have bananas and calm your restless legs.

Vitamin supplements: They are really helpful for the pregnant ladies who suffer from RLS. However, you are required to consult your doctor before intake of any type of supplement.

Source : Life Unfold (via Syndication)

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