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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
July 28, 2014
Category: Stretching

Stretches for Pregnancy Foot CrampsWhen planning for the birth of your baby, resources abound in the Cambridge area. Prenatal classes are offered at Conestoga College and Guelph Pubic Health Unit, and you can find information on everything from hypnobirthing to breastfeeding from a variety of local organizations. When it comes to the condition of your legs and feet, however, some of the best information comes from Chiropodist Douglas Broad at Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare. We want to share the following stretches for pregnancy cramps, so you can treat or prevent painful clenching of the muscles in your legs and feet.

It is important to keep your calf muscles loose and limber. Put your hands at shoulder height on a wall an arm’s length away. Step back with your right foot, keeping your leg straight and the heel on the floor. Now bend your left knee slightly and lean in at the hip, causing a gentle stretch in the back of your right calf. Hold 30 seconds, with your back straight, and then release. Repeat with your other leg.

Then try a thigh shift. Stand with one foot about 24 inches ahead of the other, toes pointed forward. Now lean ahead to put more weight on your forward thigh, hold a few seconds, and lean back again. Repeat this four times with each leg.

Even if you need to sit for long periods, you can loosen things up by lifting both legs straight in front of you and gently moving them up and down in scissor-like movements. Then loosen your ankle muscles by rotating them gently, four times clockwise, four counter-clockwise.

These stretches for pregnancy cramps in your feet and legs should help relieve the pain of clenched muscles, and could even prevent night cramps if you do them before bed. For more information on the health of your feet and legs during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to consult Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare by calling our office in Cambridge, ON at 519-624-4122.


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