The third trimester of pregnancy can bring a sense of excitement, but can also be accompanied by some uncomfortable physical symptoms, achy legs being one of them. During the last few months of pregnancy, the body is preparing for labor and delivery and the extra weight can put extra pressure on the legs. As a result, many pregnant women experience achy, tired, and sometimes even swollen legs, especially in the third trimester. It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms and take steps to mitigate discomfort. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of achy legs in the third trimester, and provide tips and tricks on how to manage the discomfort. Pregnancy can be a rollercoaster of emotions, and you deserve to feel your best. Keep reading to learn more about achy legs in the third trimester and how to manage them.
The Role Of Veins And Vascular Insufficiency
In a healthy state, arteries provide the body’s tissues and organs with nutrients necessary for their proper operation, such as oxygen. Veins, on the other hand, return blood to the heart. Blood can flow from the lower to upper part of the legs due to blood pressure and the firmness of the vein walls. Venous return is the term used to describe this blood flow through the veins and back up to the heart. There are valves, which function as tiny flaps, every 2 to 5 centimeters (0 8 to 2 inches) in the veins. These valves make sure that blood never “falls” back down the other way and always flows in the same direction. Blood flow is also influenced by the calf muscles and instep compression, especially when walking.
Several things can make vascular insufficiency during pregnancy more likely:
To avoid circulatory impairments during pregnancy, prevention is essential. Try to lose weight if you can before becoming pregnant, and then keep pregnancy weight gain to a minimum. Other healthy routines to follow to prevent vascular insufficiency include:
Try some of these suggestions to help relieve the discomfort if, despite taking these precautions, you still feel as though your legs are heavy:
Elevate Your Legs To Improve Circulation
Leg elevation is a fantastic pregnancy remedy for leg pain. Lay back on your bed or couch with your legs propped up on a pillow. Gravity will help draw the blood back toward your heart if you lift your legs just 6–12 inches above your heart. This relieves swelling while giving your heart and veins a break. As you watch TV or unwind in bed, we advise placing pillows under your thighs, knees, and calves. Just 20 minutes in this position can help your sore legs feel better fast, so it’s a great excuse to start that new TV series you’ve been eyeing. It’s even great for relieving back pain during pregnancy. So lie back and let those legs relax. It takes a lot of work to grow a baby, so you deserve to relax for a while!
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Is it normal for your legs to hurt during third trimester?
How can I stop my legs from aching during pregnancy?
Take short walks throughout the day, as recommended by your doctor. Take any doctor-recommended vitamins and supplements to help reduce vitamin deficiencies. Keep track of your water intake and stay hydrated.
When should I be concerned about leg pain during pregnancy?
Why do my legs hurt so bad during pregnancy?