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Natural ideas, options and diet recommendations

  • Calcium and magnesium supplements
  • B & E Vitamins for good circulation.
  • Regular exercise routine which involves flexing your calf muscles daily and foot circles.
  • Put your feet up regularly in the last weeks of pregnancy.
  • Eat less meat, less dairy products and no soft drinks.
  • Eat plenty of protein, fish, nuts, and other legumes
  • Avoid heavy lifting, pointing toes and quick movements.
Immediate response which is very effective
  • Stand on a cold surface.
  • Leg Cramps - Extend or straighten out muscles that are cramping - this usually involves sitting on the bed or the floor with the leg straight and toes flexed back towards the body.
  • Foot Cramps - Roll the foot over a bottle (a wine bottle in a suitable diameter). If your feet cramp during the night, keep the bottle under your bed for easy access.
  • All Cramps - Apply warm moist heat (eg hot wet flannel). Once cramping has subsided, massage to promote circulation.
Natural home solutions to prevent leg cramps and twitchy legs.
  • Increase intake of calcium-rich foods. Nettles teas are particularly helpful as well as eating lots of dark green vegetables.
  • Ensure a good level of calcium absorption by exercising regularly.
  • Excessive stress can impair calcium absorption, as can a high acid diet.
  • Raspberry leaf infusion contains calcium in its most absorb-able form.
  • Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, rhubarb, silverbeet, brewers yeast, all of which interfere with the absorption of calcium
  • Take Mag Phos. (buy this from a pharmacy)
Homoeopathic Remedies
Read the description under the remedy and decide which one best describes your situation.
  • Chamomilla
    • Severe cramps in calves
    • Much pain and indignation
  • Colocynth
    • Intermittent cramps in abdomen, calves, hands
    • Restlessness
  • Rhus Tox
    • Must walk with cramps in legs every night
  • Sulphur
    • Cramps in legs with hot flushed and faint spells
  • Verat Alb
    • Cramps in extremities with cold sweat
    • Weak, retching with sweat
  • Vibernum
    • Cramp in legs and feet after walking and at night