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Pregnancy & Cramp

When it happens, you can help relieve the pain if you:

  • Try to relax as far as possible
  • Try to pull your foot forwards with your hands
  • Wiggle your feet up and down
  • Massage your feet and legs vigorously

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.

Treatment of Cramp

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.

  • Wild oats
  • Meadowsweet
  • Horsetail
  • Celery seeds
  • Nettles

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:

  • Skullcap
  • Passionflower
  • Chammomile
  • Vervain

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.

Help Avoid Cramp

  • Do not be too active immediately following a meal
  • Leave at least two hours between eating and goiong to bed
  • take moderate exercise daily - both inadequate or excessive exercise can induce cramp
  • eat foods rich in Vitamin B, C and E or take supplements