Restless Legs in Pregnancy

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pregnant woman and husband

by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Dr. Jonathan Goodman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. Thomas’s Hospital, in London and investigators noted that, although there are no proven etiological factors, there appeared to be a strong relationship between Restless Legs (RLS) and pregnancy.

RLS Study in Pregnancy

In order to make a firm estimate of the extent of this association, the study team assessed the prevalence and outcome of RLS in 500 women 32 to 34 weeks into their pregnancies.

The presence and extent of the women's RLS was determined at that time, and again four weeks after the delivery of their babies, to determine if their symptoms had improved or resolved.


Overall, 97 women were determined to have RLS at the initial screening. Of these subjects, 16 had the symptoms prior to pregnancy and five of these suffered more severe symptoms during the third trimester of pregnancy. In these cases, the symptoms resolved to baseline levels after delivery.

In cases where women with RLS had previous pregnancies, 30% of these subjects reported similar symptoms in their initial pregnancies. By 10 days after delivery, only six women who developed RLS during pregnancy still complained of symptoms. The authors concluded that in these subjects, RLS may have been caused by unusually high levels of stress and tension, which are to be expected during this stage of a woman's life.

Calm Legs and RLS in Pregnancy

A pregnant woman has enough to worry about when pregnant, RLS and its resultant sleep deprivation should not be one of them. The ingredients of Calm Legs have been carefully selected to provide a gentle and safe way to manage these symptoms, making the already challenging state of pregnancy just a little bit easier.

Restless Legs sufferer Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, is trained as a clinical pharmacist and has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 20-plus years. Currently, he supports efforts at the National Institutes of Health to develop therapeutics for rare and neglected diseases. He remains a registered pharmacist and operates a medical writing business.