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Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

With the constant midnight bathroom trips and late night baby activity, there’s no doubt you’ll struggle to sleep. But to make matters worse, you’ll likely experience leg cramps during pregnancy while sleeping. Leg cramps can be painful enough as it is, but when they prevent you from getting a good night's rest they start to take a mental toll as well. These are unfortunately an expected side-effect of your pregnancy, but we are going to share a few things you can do to prevent them.  What Causes Leg Cramps During Pregnancy? There are lots of reasons expecting women get more leg cramps than normal, and when we explore them, it is no surprise. It’s very likely that more than one...

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Benefits of Magnesium While Breastfeeding

Many new mothers have questions about taking magnesium while breastfeeding. This essential mineral can have profound effects on your health, along with your newborn’s.  Since your baby’s diet is dependent on the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you consume, it is important that you know everything there is to know about taking magnesium while nursing. But before we go in-depth, let’s cover some general information about magnesium.  What is Magnesium, and Why is it So Important? Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and an essential part of a healthy diet. Magnesium intake is particularly low among women (even more so if you are pregnant), making supplementation very important. It is not uncommon to be deficient in...

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Are “Doctor Approved” Sleep Drugs Safe for Long Term Use?

Trying to fall asleep while pregnant can be a nightmare, and sleep drugs can appear to be a “quick fix”. Expecting mothers struggling with this issue often wonder if prescription sleeping pills can help them. Not only can this lead to complications with pregnancy, but sleeping pills may not be as effective as most people think, especially in the long term. We are going to explore whether prescription and over the counter drugs are safe or not. But first, let’s cover some of the common drugs doctors prescribe for insomnia. Common Sleep Drugs Doctors Prescribe Before writing a prescription, doctors try to examine the root cause of your sleep issues and the type of sleep issue you experience.  For example,...

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Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy

Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing for short periods of time in their sleep.  Either they spontaneously stop, or are unable to breath and then suddenly start breathing again. This happens many times throughout the night, often in an uncomfortable and continuous cycle.  This results in thunderous and irregular snoring that is well-known for disturbing sleeping partners.  Those suffering from sleep apnea often wake up many times during the night as they suddenly choke or resume breathing. You may experience sleep apnea as waking without awareness or waking with a cough over and over again. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, when something from the sinuses to the esophagus clogs or compresses the airway...

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) During Pregnancy

Getting a good night's sleep during late pregnancy can seem almost impossible. You may be experiencing a number of discomforts such as insomnia, cramps, and the constant quest to get comfortable. On top of it all, just as you're falling asleep you may feel as though someone has plugged your legs into an electrical socket. That itching, tingling feeling in your legs is called restless leg syndrome (RLS) and it's surprisingly common amongst pregnant women. It is reported that over 15% of women experience RLS during pregnancy, typically during their third trimester. So, if you are experiencing these symptoms, rest assured that you're not alone.  Symptoms of RLS in Pregnant Women Symptoms of RLS are most likely to appear during the third trimester when your...

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