How to relieve cramp in your feet when pregnant?

How to relieve cramp in your feet when pregnant?

Foot cramp during pregnancy can occur as a result of tight muscles in your legs or back. Find out what you can do to ease any discomfort.

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I’m pregnant and keep getting cramp in my feet – mainly in the arch of my foot but sometimes the toes too, and in particular when I flex my foot, such as when changing gear in the car. Are there any exercises to help?

Cramp in the arches of the feet during pregnancy is partly a result of tight muscles in your legs or back, caused by the extra weight of your baby bump, postural changes and/or being seated for too long if you have a desk job. All those muscles are connected, so tension in your back can cause tension in your legs, which in turn can pull the tendons in your feet and cause stiffness and pain.

Here’s a great exercise for loosening up the feet and improving circulation, called the ball roll. Use a tennis ball or a trigger point massage ball. Position the ball under the arch of your bare foot and roll it around in all directions. This will help stretch the muscles in your foot and promote blood flow. Also, when seated, try rolling the ball under your calves and backs of your upper legs (hamstrings) to release stiffness

Vicky Warr

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