5 WAYS TO BLAST CRAMPS & BOOST

blood flow

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Muscle Cramps -

WEAR TIGHTS

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.

CHILL OUT

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.

SIT SMART

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.

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