In particular, during the third trimester of pregnancy, about 15% of pregnant women are treated for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).
As soon as you lie down and fall asleep, a feeling that is best described can be described as crooked, prickly or tingling from within your well-deserved sleep. Because you feel the irresistible and uncontrollable urge to move your legs just at the point of dropping away to dreamland, this malady can be described as very frustrating.
Temporary solutions like stretching, stretching, walking, and scratching help.
The cause of RLS is still being investigated. Some researchers suspect that the disease is hereditary, Mary O'Malley (psychiatrist and sleep impairment expert) suggests that pregnancy-related iron deficiencies can trigger and / or aggravate RLS.
What can I do for symptoms?
RLS is not considered to be a serious medical condition, yet the effects can be experienced as mildly disturbing to utterly ridiculous. There are several medicines for RLS, but none of these can be taken during pregnancy.
It could help to keep a diary of your eating patterns, mental conditions (stress and the like) and your activities of the day to determine the effect of these factors on your legs.
Dehydration can also be a factor, given the effect on circulation. You should stay hydrated.
It is recommended to have coffee and other caffeinated drinks (chocolate, tea and soft drinks)
If an iron or vitamin deficiency is detected, the symptoms can be combated with iron, vitamin B12 or foliar supplements.
Because fatigue and sleepiness often aggravate the symptoms of RLS, good sleep hygiene is very important.
Regular, non-intensive exercise may help, however, overload can exacerbate the symptoms.