Leg pain is one of the unsung, little-discussed discomforts of pregnancy. Although it’s not the most talked about pain, leg pain is a common ailment for pregnant women. Often it’s just a sign of natural growth and change can be relieved with everyday care. If it get unbearable or disrupts your day, see if your doctor can help.
Leg pain can be the result of a number of normal progressions. As your belly grows, your center of gravity may be thrown off. Depending on your posture, you may put strain on the muscles in your legs. The weight gain that you will inevitably have can also put a lot of extra stress on your legs. As your baby grows, he may start to push on your sciatic nerve, which runs into your legs.
Don’t Walk Alone
You can maybe walk alone, but get some support from your partner. Just because leg pain is a natural part of pregnancy, you don’t have to just suck it up. Ask your partner to run you a warm bath or massage the muscles in your legs. This can be especially useful if your muscles are sore from the weight or are cramping throughout the night.
A Parents.com article recommends circulation exercises to reduce leg pain. Choose an aerobic activity that you enjoy, such as walking or swimming. Exercise to get your heart pumping, without straining yourself. This is especially useful if your leg pain is accompanied by swelling.
Resting is just as important as exercising. If your legs are hurting from all the extra weight they have to support, take time to put your feet up — literally. Lay down on your bed or sit on the couch and prop your legs up. Enjoy the quiet moments as you take the weight off your legs.
When It Gets Really Bad
If the weight becomes unmanageable, talk with your doctor. He can help you determine the source of the pain. He can also recommend you to a chiropractor, acupuncturist or other specialist.