OK so call them restless legs or legs that need to keep moving. I had it 1st time when I was pregnant with Lolo and I have it again with number 2. I don’t think its 100% restless legs (see why below) but something is definitely up!
NHS describe it as: Restless legs syndrome (RLS)/Willis-Ekbom disease (WED): a common condition affecting the nervous system. Causing an overwhelming, irresistible urge to move the legs, and occasionally the arms. Often worse at night
Causes can include:
- …how the body handles ‘dopamine’ which helps control muscle movement
- Underlying health conditions, such as iron deficiency anaemia, or kidney failure
- Pregnancy, although it is not clear exactly why
How to make it go away!
NHS state that mild cases of RLS that are not linked to an underlying health condition may not require any treatment other than making a few lifestyle changes, such as:
- Good sleeping habits: regular sleeping hours, avoiding alcohol and caffeine late at night
- quitting smoking (if you smoke)
- exercising regularly during the daytime
- Iron supplements if deficient
From my perspective the few things I have found have helped me out during pregnancy;
- Agree, exercise during the day: because it almost feels like a build up on energy in my calves so walking it off or swimming does help
- Not eating too much sweet stuff especially in the evening, which is tough as often its before bed that I have an urge for a biscuit
I think its also interesting that they refer to iron deficiency as a possible cause as of course it’s quite common for pregnant mums to become iron deficient!