During pregnancy the woman’s body undergoes various changes and it is normal that along with the changes come some inevitable symptoms . With the weight of the belly, the increase in body weight some pains are accentuated in points that are most affected by these changes as in the case of leg pain in pregnancy.
The increase in weight along with the weight of the belly overloads the cardiovascular system that makes the legs swell so much and bring so much pain. They usually start to occur from the second trimester, which is when the belly starts to grow faster and this is natural because blood circulation is slower at this stage.
Due to the increase in estrogen and progesterone in pregnancy that makes the uterus stronger to generate the baby, blood circulation slows down, but the vessels in the body, especially in the legs, will become more dilated, which is why so many pregnant women suffer so much from varicose veins during pregnancy , especially smokers, as smoking obstructs the venous walls.
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How to Alleviate Leg Pain in Pregnancy?
During the heat the swelling and pain in the legs can be accentuated, increasing the discomfort so that the pregnant woman has difficulties even to put on shoes or do activities so common and routine. And this can be eased with rest, placing your legs up with the support of a pillow making the leg elevated above the level of the head can help the blood circulation to improve and the swelling to decrease . In order to prevent this pain in the legs from occurring, it is ideal that right at the beginning of pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle is set aside giving way to light exercises such as walking that will help very well in the functioning of the blood circulation.
Another very important factor is posture, it is not advisable for the pregnant woman to stand or sit for a long time as this makes circulation even slower. If you work sitting all day, get up for some periods and stretch, walk around the work environment to help with circulation, this will not only prevent pain in your legs, but also excessive swelling of your feet. The use of low and medium understanding elastic stockings are also advised to ease this discomfort, together with the increased fluid intake that will stimulate the better functioning of the kidneys.which will help to reduce swelling of the legs and body in general. Avoid salty and highly seasoned foods as much as possible, salt is one of the main responsible for fluid retention, choose to eat diuretic fruits such as melon, watermelon, star fruit.
Following these tips, having a healthy life away from physical inactivity and with a good diet, you will go through this period more comfortable and with less pain in the legs. If the discomfort persists making it impossible to have a normal routine, see your doctor.
Homemade tip to relieve leg pain: Blend juice of 1 lime orange, 1 slice of watermelon together with 10 leaves of lemongrass, drink daily. This juice is a diuretic and will help eliminate salt from the body, reducing swelling and discomfort.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.