Gaining weight at a rate of an ounce a day now, your baby is noticeably fatter, particularly around the shoulders. As a result, things are getting cramped inside the uterus. There is less amniotic fluid, less room to move. If your baby is head-down, her head may rest on your pubic bone.
Leg cramps are common in pregnancy, especially toward the end. Cramps often come at night—and they're a jarring way to wake up. The painful muscle spasm happens most often in the calf or foot. Medical experts aren't sure why pregnant women are prone to leg cramps.
For leg cramps, try the following:
- Stretch your calf muscles, especially before you go to bed. Don't point your toes, though — this can trigger a cramp.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- If you get a cramp, straighten your leg. Flex your toes up toward your shins. If you need to, walk off the cramp with slow steps. Call your healthcare provider if you have leg pain that's severe, won't go away, or comes with warmth, swelling, or redness.