5 WAYS TO BLAST CRAMPS & BOOST
Gentle compression boosts blood flow, lessening the risk of cramps. 2XU Prenatal Active Maternity Tights ($200) offer graduated compression to reduce tiredness and sore feet during pregnancy.
Make ice-cream by freezing magnesium-rich banana chunks with fresh raspberries, then blitz both in a food processor with a splash of almond milk and a knob of almond butter. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds for a further boost of cramp-busting magnesium.
ENJOY A FOOT RUB
A foot massage before bed stimulates blood circulation in your lower limbs. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Leg & Foot Cream ($24.95) has been specially formulated with mum-to-be in mind and contains peppermint oil and rosemary extract to soothe tired and stressed legs and feet.
Crossing your legs or tucking your ankles underneath you as you relax on the sofa in the evenings slows the return of blood to your heart. Keep your legs in front of you and elevate them slightly on a low stool.
GRAB AN EXTRA PILLOW
Night-time cramps can be triggered when you inadvertently point your toes during sleep, shortening your calf muscles. Place a soft pillow at the end of the bed to prevent this from happening.