Commonplace during pregnancy, cramps can happen during all gestational stages due to continuous muscular effort. Still, cramps usually happen with higher intensity after the second trimester, as the pregnant woman’s posture changes. In this final phase, when the baby “uses” up the mother’s calcium content to fortify their bones, cramps become more common, especially on your calves and thighs.
Massages and heating pads can help curb the discomfort. Pulling your feet and stretching the leg can also help. However, as the bump grows and stretching becomes a little more difficult, it’s a good call to ask your partner for help. Another recommendation is that you speak to your doctor about your supplementing your diet with vitamins. It’s important to eat a balanced diet, especially focusing on foods rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and drinking plenty of water, as a badly hydrated organism negatively impacts circulation. Physical exercise, under medical supervision, is another powerful tool against cramps.