Restless Leg Syndrome in Pregnancy Is Wrecking My Sleep Cycle

Restless Leg Syndrome in PregnancyI’ve told you all that the second trimester boost of energy that we often hear about hasn’t happened to me yet. I am 18 weeks pregnant now and still feeling as tired as I did during the entire first trimester, except now I can’t seem to sleep at night. It’s all thanks to my legs. No matter how much or little I use them during the day, they want to twitch just as I’m falling asleep or they constantly feel like bugs are crawling all over them. It’s kind of hard to sleep through that, so not only have I been “normal pregnant tired,” I’ve been feeling like a zombie.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) during pregnancy occurs in about 40% of pregnant women who experience a temporary bout of RLS, according to Though there is not a clear understanding of why it happens, states that it could potentially be, “an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain.” Symptoms include a need to move your legs and it’s typically worse at night. Moving alleviates the feelings and twitches and it’s much worse when you’re at rest.

I have all those symptoms, plus itchy legs! So instead of turning in for the night, I am often up far later than anyone else in the house taking a bath with Epsom salts to try and calm my itches and muscle twitches. I know it sounds like it might be a “silly problem,” but unless you’ve had it—you probably won’t get it.

I’ve experienced RLS is previous pregnancies as well so I was a little bit prepared, but nothing really prepares you to function on such little sleep. I wonder if it’s nature’s way of preparing me for the broken lack of sleep with a newborn? Either way, I wish nature could find a more comfortable and less annoying way to limit my sleep and prepare me for newborn mothering.

:: Did you experience Restless Leg Syndrome during your pregnancy? ::

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