Relieving Numbness In Legs During Pregnancy
Pregnancy involves many bodily changes which can cause discomfort and pain. One of the most common complaints is numbness in the legs. Numbness usually occurs due to the swelling of nerve tissue, caused by an increase in blood and fluid while the body adjusts to the pregnancy. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate this common complaint.
Identify the Cause of Numbness
The first step to relieving numbness in your legs is to figure out what’s causing it. Most commonly, numbness is caused by the compression of nerves due to swelling during pregnancy. However, it could also be related to posture, poor circulation or even by sleeping in an awkward position. It is important to identify the cause in order to get the most effective relief from numbness.
Staying in the same position for too long can often lead to temporary numbness in the legs. Moving around and changing up your posture can help provide relief. Simple stretches like moving ankles in a circular motion or walking around can help soothe the numbness. Exercise can also help improve circulation and mental wellbeing during pregnancy.
Change Your Sleeping Position
When lying down, try to keep your legs elevated. Prop up some pillows to help maintain a comfortable sleeping position. Pregnant women can also benefit from lying on their sides, using pillows to support the abdomen, back and legs. If there is too much pressure applied to the legs while sleeping, this can cause numbness.
Another way to help reduce numbness in the legs during pregnancy is to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause swelling in the body which can lead to numbness. Drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day. It can also be helpful to avoid caffeine and alcohol which can lead to dehydration.
Wear Compression Garments
Wearing compression garments such as leggings and socks can help reduce swelling and provide support for the legs. They provide a snug fit which helps maintain circulation, reduce fluid retention and can help relieve numbness. It is important to find compression garments that are comfortable and designed specifically for pregnant women.
Talk to a Doctor
It is important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Your doctor may be able to provide more specific advice on how to reduce the numbness and provide relief.
Relieving numbness in the legs during pregnancy is relatively easy and can be done without the assistance of medications. Simple lifestyle changes such as staying hydrated, changing up your sleeping position, exercising and wearing compression garments can all help reduce the incidence of numbness.
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