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Restless Leg Syndrome RLS During Pregnancy

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) During Pregnancy

Restless Leg Syndrome, also known as RLS, is common during pregnancy. Restless legs syndrome is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. 

Many women complaint of the symptom such as leg pain, cramps, itching, aching, and tingling.  The percentage of women being affected by RLS is from 10% to 25 %. Restless Leg Syndrome usually will diminished and goes away after delivery.

Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms In Pregnancy

The common symptoms of restless leg syndrome are the following:

  • Itchy sensations in the feet
  • Creeping sensations
  • Constant discomfort in your legs
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance

What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome During Pregnancy?

The restless leg syndrome RLS during pregnancy usually starts during 7 and 8 months of pregnancy.  Other causes and factors of RLS are due to the following:

  • Insufficient intake of folate
  • Increase in estrogen levels
  • Dehydration
  • High levels of stress
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Iron deficiency anemia

Pregnancy Restless Leg
Syndrome Treatment

Treat restless leg syndrome rls during pregnancy by doing the following:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a regular sleep pattern
  • Avoid stimulants
  • Do not lie down for long time
  • Do stretches
  • Sleep with a pillow between your legs
  • Massage your legs

Tips For Preventing RLS During Pregnancy

  • Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated
  • Avoid smoking
  • Stop drinking
  • Maintain a proper sleeping routine
  • Reduced caffeinated drinks

How Long Does Restless Leg Syndrome Last?

About 4 weeks after delivery the symptoms of RLS will go away. If you continue to have restless leg syndrome after 4 weeks make sure to seek medical attention.

Restless Leg Syndrome
ICD-9 and ICD-10 Codes

  • ICD-9 Codes for RLS is G25.8
  • ICD-10 code is 333.94

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