Restless Leg Syndrome and its Association with Physical Activity During Pregnancy


  • Safa Saleem
  • Ashfaq Ahmad
  • Syed Amir Gillani
  • Asif Hanif
  • Zahid Sharif


Restless Legs Syndrome, Pregnancy, Physical Activity, Pakistan


Background: Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that is sensory motor in nature. It occurs at rest and is reduced with movement. Lack of exercise is considered a risk factor for RLS. The risk of developing RLS in pregnant females is 2 to 3 times higher than the general population. Pregnant females tend to have a lower level of physical activity. Objective: The present study was designed to find frequency of Restless Leg Syndrome and its association with Physical Activity during pregnancy. Methodology: This analytical cross-sectional study was conducted in three hospitals of Lahore. Sample size was consisted of 137 pregnant women. Participants were recruited from the outpatient department of gynecology from the hospitals. International Restless Leg Syndrome (IRLS) criteria were used for the diagnosis of restless leg syndrome. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to determine the level of physical activity. Results: Mean age of the participants was27.3± 4.17 years. Half 74(54.0%) of the study participants reported symptoms of RLS. Chi-Square analysis of the data showed a significant association between RLS and physical activity (p< 0.05). Conclusion: Frequency of RLS in pregnant females is 54%. There was significant association between level of physical activity and RLS which means women who are physically more active has less chance of developing condition like RLS in pregnancy.



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Saleem, S. ., Ahmad, A. ., Gillani, S. A. ., Hanif, A. ., & Sharif, Z. . (2020). Restless Leg Syndrome and its Association with Physical Activity During Pregnancy. Annals of King Edward Medical University, 26(3), 474-479. Retrieved from




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