December 7, 2022

Restless Legs During Pregnancy

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When women are pregnant and even after they have given birth, there are some physical changes in the body that can cause discomfort. These symptoms at times come about in the form of a disease known as restless legs syndrome which is quite common among women who are close to pregnancy or post-pregnancy. Some women may experience it throughout their entire pregnancies, while others might only get affected during a specific part of the pregnancy period. However, due to the fact that there really is no specific cause for restless leg syndrome during pregnancy and the fact that there are various illnesses and conditions one may have, it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between all the possible causes of restlessness in one’s legs.

The exact reason why some mothers experience restless feeling in their legs while they’re sleeping is primarily due to changes in hormonal balance. During this period of time, the mother’s body may not be producing enough iron which can affect dopamine levels in the brain and cause her to feel uncomfortable. The moment the levels of this neurotransmitter rises and falls again, it is more likely that these feelings will be experienced more frequently; often at night since the mother isn’t doing as much physical activity during this time. If your doctor suspects that you are suffering from restless leg syndrome part of it may be because of severe iron deficiency. In this case, it might make sense to start taking iron supplements on a regular basis. It is important to check with your doctor before consuming any medications related allergies as they can cause further problems and worsen the symptoms of RLS during pregnancy.

Restless leg syndrome does not last for more than one month after birth. Use of any medication during pregnancy should be in consultation with your doctor to assess the risks and benefits, especially when it comes to the management of restless legs during pregnancy. Yoga and meditation can provide a lot of relief for restless legs during pregnancy, and many women who do them report they are particularly effective during this period. During pregnancy, there is a significant rise in the amount of estrogen in a woman’s body.  This hormone can cause constriction of the blood vessels and restless legs syndrome symptoms.  Estrogen imbalances can also contribute.  For example, women who have menopause or experience surgical removal of their ovaries may develop RLS disorder.

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