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How can I prevent leg muscle cramps?

  • Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
  • Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when you do sit down.
  • Stretch your calf muscles several times before you go to bed: Straighten your leg, heel first, and gently flex your ankles and toes.
  • Relax the cramp by massaging the muscle or warming it with a hot-water bottle.
If your muscle pain is constant and not just an occasional cramp, contact your doctor. A pregnant woman can develop venous thrombosis, or a blood clot, which requires immediate medical attention. This is very rare though.

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