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Leg cramps are common during pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters. And they happen most often at night. Doctors don't know exactly what causes leg cramps during pregnancy.
Here are some things you can do to help relieve a leg cramp.
Here are some things you can do that may help prevent leg cramps.
Leg pain or tenderness (not cramps) may be a sign of a serious problem called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT isn't common during pregnancy, but it can be life-threatening and requires medical treatment.
DVT may cause your calf or thigh to ache or feel tender when you touch or squeeze it or when you stand or move. The affected leg may be swollen, feel warm, and look redder than the other leg. If you have any leg pain that doesn't go away (especially with leg swelling), contact your doctor or midwife right away.
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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