Restless Legs – A sign of deficiencies
During pregnancy many women experience Restless Legs Syndrome – sounds kinda made up, doesn’t it?
But it’s a very real and often irritating condition.
SO, WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?
(RLS) is an irresistible urge to move or shake your legs, it most commonly occurs while resting, this can particularly disruptive when you and your partner are trying to sleep.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
It’s believed the cause of this condition may be related to an imbalance of dopamine – a chemical in the brain which can be affected by low iron levels. It’s really important during pregnancy to ensure you’re getting enough iron in your diet to keep up with the demands of pregnancy.
HOW CAN YOU MANAGE RLS?
1- When you’re in bed and experience RLS, instead of lying there suffering (or punishing your partner) get up fill a bowl full of cold water and soak your feet until they are very cold, when you return to your bed raise feet on a few pillows.
2- Before you go to bed try to eat something small that contains the amino acid tryptophan, which encourages the body to produce the B vitamin – Niacin. This encourages sleep and relaxation. These include foods like eggs, tuna, milk, cheese, turkey.
3- Include iron rich foods in your diet each day. This will help combat low or depleted iron levels which are thought to be a cause of RLS.
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