11 Causes of Leg Cramps

3. Pregnancy

Late pregnancy, or pregnancy during the second and third trimester is one of the risk factors for developing leg cramps.  Electrolyte deficiency is also responsible for leg cramps during pregnancy. It has been recognized that during late pregnancy, expectant mothers are prone to losing increased amounts of magnesium and potassium. Staying hydrated will improve the condition. Magnesium supplements might help, but they need to be approved by a healthcare professional before intake.

4. Overload of Muscles and Nerves

Several types of physical activity are responsible for the development of leg cramps, such as long distance running or boot camps. This is because, after long and exhausting exercise, our muscles and nerves can’t relax immediately and stay in an excited state. To help prevent cramps after rigorous exercise, you need to perform stretching exercises and stay hydrated.

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Dr Aleksandar Grbović is a medical doctor from the Belgrade University, Faculty of Medicine. He is passionate about promoting medicine by bridging the gap between the patient’s and doctor’s point of view. Currently working in the biggest Occupational Medicine Institute in Serbia and attending the Radiology residency program.


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