I used to think those commercials of people twitching about in bed were a crock until I had dinner with my mommy gal pals the other night. Two of them have been suffering terribly from restless leg syndrome (RLS) during their pregnancies. I know sometimes mothers-to-be have fretful sleeping patterns as their bellies start to pop and cause positioning discomfort, but constant movement of the legs was news to me.
RLS can be a product of stress, iron deficiency, and pregnancy just to name a few. Unfortunately, no cure is available to better the situation but there are things a mother in waiting, or anyone for that matter, can do to better her snoozing situation. To see what they are,
- Warm baths
- Gentle stretching exercises
- Low doses of pramipexole or ropinirole (Requip) have been found to be very effective in controlling symptoms in some people.
- If sleep is severely disrupted, medications such as Sinemet (an anti-Parkinson's medication) or tranquilizers such as clonazepam may be prescribed, but they may cause daytime sleepiness.
- Patients with iron deficiency will receive iron supplements.
- Low doses of narcotics may sometimes relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
Before taking anything, you should consult your doctor.
Did you struggle with RLS?