Magnesium Deficiency during Pregnancy
Most pregnant women are prone to leg cramps during their first two trimesters. This is because the body may lose some nutrients (especially magnesium), even as it is nurturing a new life within.
This is where noted alternative health practitioners recommend magnesium supplements to battle frequent cramping. But of course, all additional supplements and diet changes must first be run by your gynecologist, to ensure they do not interfere with the pregnancy.
Exercising without Stretching
There is a practical reason why fitness experts mandate stretching before every workout. Stretching gradually awakens our muscles, and prepares them for more intense activity. If you tend to work out – even mildly – without stretching, you run the risk of pushing your muscles too hard, when they least expect it. Cycling, jogging, hiking, even day-long gardening, all require a good stretch before the activity to avoid muscle cramps. This way your skeletal muscles are not surprised by a sudden surge (or lack) of blood supply during the intense exercise.Related: Why You Should Be Stretching Every Day
Picture this. You have just returned from an exhilarating hike and a rejuvenating union with nature. Yes, your body is tired beyond measure, but you feel good. And you tumble into bed early thinking you are going to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Not! Instead, you wake up in the middle of the night, as your leg feels bitten by a sudden bout of cramps. Ouch!
This happens when our muscles feel fatigue, and have not had time to recoup before use. If you exercise intensely every day without breaks, this could happen in a few weeks or even days, depending on your present fitness level. This is just your muscles crying out for rest, so they have time to fully restore themselves before the next intense workout. Here, the simple solution is rest. No two ways about it!