Leg Cramps during pregnancy occur mainly as a result of nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances, and/or circulatory changes, in addition to the strain placed on the legs by the extra weight.
Herbal teas rich in calcium can also be made from:
Wild oats, meadowsweet, horsetail, valerian root, nettles, plantain
Drink a cupful two to three times daily. There is a herb, suitably named cramp bark or guilder rose, which is specific for cramps. It can be taken as a hot decoction, singly or in conjunction with any of the above herbs three times daily.
If you consider that tension or stress could be causing your cramps, then add to the cramp bark herbs such as: Skullcap, passionflower, chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, lime flowers
Ginger, hawthorn or angelica can be taken regularly to aid circulation.
Chamomile, lavender or ginger oils can be used to massage the legs, not only to relax over-tense muscles, but also to enhance the circulation through them.
Hot foot baths can be taken at night before bed using the same oils.
Take care with varicose veins – do not massage over them. Alternate hot and cold bathing will stimulate the circulation.
(A Natural Approach to Pregnancy - E-book by Barbara Karafokas)
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !