How do I treat my leg pain during pregnancy?

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But unfortunately, run-of-the-mill sciatic leg pain is pretty much a suck-it-up situation.

Try physical therapy, massage, gentle leg stretches, exercise (like walking or yoga) and Tylenol.

There are some exercises you can practice to fix this problem

  1. Ankle Pumps

Swollen feet and ankles are common during pregnancy. This simple exercise helps increase circulation and blood flow to the feet to decrease swelling and pain.

Muscles worked: ankle dorsiflexors, plantarflexors

Lie on a bed with your feet slightly elevated on a pillow.

Begin by pulling your toes toward your face to flex your feet, then point your toes away from you.

Repeat 10 times continuously.

Perform 3 sets.

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  1. Calf Stretches

Some women suffer from sore calf muscles during pregnancy. This might be caused by weight gain, poor body mechanics, or improper footwear. Stretching can help promote relaxation of the muscles, leading to decreased pain.

Muscles worked: gastrocnemius, soleus

Stand to face a wall. Place both hands on the wall for support.

Put one foot up against the wall with your toes pointing toward the ceiling.

Lean toward the wall, keeping your leg straight until you feel a stretch in the back of your lower leg.

Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on other leg.

  1. Good Mornings

Tight hamstrings can cause low back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. This exercise helps stretch the hamstrings. It also activates and strengthens the muscles of the buttocks.

 

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