RLS in pregnancy 'could re-occur'

Women who experience restless legs syndrome (RLS) while pregnant are at risk of it recurring during future pregnancies, researchers have found.

These women are also more likely to develop a chronic version of the condition later in life, the researchers from the Vita-Salute University in Milan, Italy, revealed.

The study looked at 74 women who had experienced RLS during pregnancy and 133 who had not.

After six-and-a-half years, the researchers questioned the same women about their RLS symptoms, any other pregnancies they had.

Of the women who had first had RLS while pregnant, 24 per cent still had it at the end of the study, compared to eight per cent of those who did not have the condition during pregnancy.

Study leader Dr Mauro Manconi said: "Most of the time, when a woman experiences RLS in pregnancy, it disappears after the baby is born.

"However, our results show that having the condition during pregnancy is a significant risk factor for a future chronic form or the short-term form in other pregnancies down the road."

According to the BBC, one in 12 people in the UK are affected by RLS. In the majority of cases, people just experience mild symptoms, which improve with simple treatments.

Posted by Alexandra George ADNFCR-2094-ID-800277517-ADNFCR