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How common are leg cramps and leg pain if you are pregnant with twins?

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Many pregnant women have them in the second or third trimester, often at night. No one knows for sure why women get more leg cramps during pregnancy. It may be due to changes in blood circulation and stress on your leg muscles from carrying extra weight. Your growing babies also put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs. Some doctors say low calcium, or a change in how your body processes calcium, may be a cause. Leg cramps usually go away within a few minutes.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health: "Pregnancy: Body Changes and Discomforts."

Nemours Foundation: "Parent Questions & Answers."

March of Dimes: "Your Pregnant Body: Leg Cramps."

UCSF: "Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 02, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health: "Pregnancy: Body Changes and Discomforts."

Nemours Foundation: "Parent Questions & Answers."

March of Dimes: "Your Pregnant Body: Leg Cramps."

UCSF: "Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 02, 2018

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