Sunday, May 8, 2011

Taking Care of Those Sexy Mama Legs

Nothing cramps your style like a leg cramp. Guaranteed to make you catch your breath and utter words your mom thought she washed out of your vocabulary, they are a nuisance of pregnancy.

Many times leg cramps are a signal our body sends us that we need more magnesium and calcium.These minerals are found in abundance in green leafy vegetables as well as other foods.Summer squash, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pumpkins, tomatoes, plums, rice, seaweed, snap beans, apples and the ever popular fiddleheads are all excellent sources of calcium and magnesium. Make sure you are also getting adequate Vitamin D from the sun or supplemented in your diet. This helps with your mineral absorption.  Look for natural ways to add these foods to your diet as opposed to adding one more supplement or vitamin.

Another important element for sexy legs in pregnancy is to keep the blood flowing back up the legs. Veins get more elastic during pregnancy and with the added weight of baby and natural force of gravity, the blood pools in the legs creating varicose veins and tired legs. Do ankle pumps periodically through the day, elevate your legs for fifteen minutes 2 or 3 times a day, take walks around the neighborhood, and practice healthful postures such as tailor sitting. 

If you feel like your legs need extra support, wear supportive stockings, making sure to put them on first thing in the morning. Avoid standing for long periods of time, and avoid chair sitting for long periods, too. Move around, take breaks, listen to your body and be gentle with yourself as your body is going through changes.

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