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Many pregnant women experience leg problems. Some of themare associated with the extra weight they have been carrying on and others mayhave been inherited conditions.

It is important to consult your doctor about any pain you have been experiencing.

Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are often present during the pregnancy. They mightbe just unpleasant but some pregnant woman experience real pain which affectsthe walking. Doctors have identified some factors that could lead to legcramps. Baby’s head could pressure the pelvic nerves and lead to cramps. Changesin blood levels of calcium and magnesium in pregnant woman also could inducethese muscle problems. Pregnancy changes the gravity center of the body and of coursethe weight. These increased demands on the muscles cause muscle cramps.

Possible remedies include massage, and some suggestthe use calcium supplements. Muscles in good shape usually don’t getcramped, so try to maintain a fit body, before and during the pregnancy.

Even though cramps could be quite unpleasant, they aretotally harmless and you don’t have to worry about them.

Varicose Veins

This condition is not serious, but the varicose veins mayhurt. They do not form clots or endanger your life. The condition represents aproblem with the gravity and weight. Superficial veins get enlarged because ofthe decreased drainage, blood flows backwards, the veins enlarge even more andthat is what causes the pain.

Varicose veins rarely get complicated. Special stocking andgirdles used on varicose veins may be quite helpful to relieve the pain. They increasecompression on the veins, improve impaired drainage and reduce the pain. Doctorsmay also recommend exercise, elevating the legs and sclerotherapy.

Some cases are surgically treated. Less invasive treatmentsare more common than the traditional surgery, including radiofrequency ablationand laser treatment.

Thrombophlebitis

Thrombophlebitis causes a different kind of pain than legcramps or varicose veins. It affects the veins deep inside the legs and causes inflammation. This condition is serious, for it could produce blood clots andput your life (and your baby’s life, too) in danger. Blood clots may travel tothe lungs and cause severe conditions.

You should consult the doctor if your legs hurt even withoutthe cramps and if the squeezing of the calf muscles produces pain. These mightbe the signs of thrombophlebitis. Doctor will use ultrasound to diagnose thrombophlebitis.

Specialists recommend blood thinners (anti-coagulantmedications) to thrombophlebitis patients. Sometimes, medications may require the hospitalization of the patient.

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