Cramp during pregnancy probably occurs mainly because of low calcium levels, particularly in the last three months when the baby needs more calcium.
Having enough calcium depends not only on the amount in your food, but also on hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach and having enough Vitamin D and fats. Calcium deficiency may cause leg and foot cramps, twitchy muscles, restless legs, irritability, headaches and insomnia. Cramp may also be related to deficiencies of Vitamin B and D, poor circulation, varicose veins and nervous tension. Cramps tend to occur at night, as the blood circulation is not as free as when you are active in the daytime.
When it happens, you can help relieve the pain if you:
If you suffer from cramp frequently, help your circulation by raising the foot of the bed, and placing a pillow or two under the end of the mattress. Ensure that you keep your legs and feet as warm as possible, perhaps with bedsocks.
Increase Calcium in your diet esoecially from oats, sesame seeds, milletm figs, parsley and watercress. If you include herbs such as Dandelion leaves , nettles, kelp and other seaweeds in soups, stews or salads, these will boost your intake.
Herbal teas rich in calcium can also be made from.
Drink a cupful two to tee times a day
There is a herb, suitably named cramp bark or guelder 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:
Ginger, hawthorn, angelica can be taken regularly to aid circulation. Chammomile, marjoram, lavender, or rosemary 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 with stimulate the circulation.