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My question is that I'm 5 weeks pregnant and a few days ago

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Hi there - My question is that I'm 5 weeks pregnant and a few days ago I started to have very bad Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) which basically doesn't let me sleep and I'm tossing an turning a lot during the night. I can only sleep a few hours (last night not even that). Now I can survive because I used to have it in the past, but I'm extremely worried that it may be bad for the baby and it won't develop properly because I'm not getting enough sleep (obviously the worry doesn't help it either..). Do you think it is an issue for the baby? Would it help the baby if I just do lying meditation so I still get some rest during the night?
Many thanks, Cecilia
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  MD doc replied 6 months ago.


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RLS is seen in around 16% of pregnant women, more so in ladies that have had it before. Unfortunately, most of the medicines for RLS are not recommended during pregnancy. Good news is that, the symptoms go away after 6 months of pregnancy and there is no harm to the baby.

Things that you can do are -

- Try stretching legs, get a massage, use hot or cold packs, take warm baths, or practice relaxation techniques before going to bed

- ask your health care provider for any increase in dose of folates, vitamin B12 or iron than the present prenatal vitamins

- avoid caffeine, antihistaminic (allergy medicines) - these worsen the RLS

- avoid lying for long time or watching TV in bed before going to sleep

- Quinine in tonic water helps in reducing the symptoms. But take it only after talking to your doctor.

Hope this information is helpful


Expert:  MD doc replied 6 months ago.

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