How can I prevent leg cramps

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Pregnant women often get foot or leg cramps - especially at night, or when they stretch or point their toes down. Leg cramps may be caused by not enough calcium in the diet.

What to do to prevent it:

Eat plenty of foods that contain calcium, such as milk, cheese, sesame seeds, and green leafy vegetables. If your foot or leg cramps:

  • Push down on your heel and point your toe upward.
  • Then gently stroke your leg to help it relax.
  • DO NOT point your toe down. It can make the cramps worse.
  • Felicitas Heyne, Psychologist
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