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2&2 05-05-2011 02:57 PM

Leg Cramps
Does anyone have any tricks for treating nightime leg cramps? I am trying to eat bananas and using a heating pad at night, but still waking up in pain every night! :cry:

Scarlett's mommy 05-05-2011 03:01 PM

I've heard potatos can help but I think it's supposed to be for the same reason as bananas so dont know if it woyld do much good

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TeachinAuntie 05-05-2011 03:34 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
Bananas always did the trick for me.

Maybe ask your doc to check your potassium, bc you might need an actual supplement instead of just upping your intake.

jlcohen 05-05-2011 03:39 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
Aghhhh! I woke up with my first one of this pregnancy last night. I'm trying to add more potassium. I think I remember hearing something about calcium too, maybe?!

dagmomma 05-05-2011 03:54 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
Make sure you are getting plenty of fluidds as well. Try to straighten your foot it will hurt at first but it will stretch it a little before you rub it out.

I get them a little now but they go away as soon as I straighten my foot.

estradaamyl 05-05-2011 04:22 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
Make sure you are not eating/ drinking tons of sodium during the day as well. My hubby has this crazy condition called hypokalemic periodic paralysis which has to do with low potassium. I know that if he has high carb or high salt foods it disrupts his potassium levels.

jackyl08 05-05-2011 05:43 PM

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Ugh, I am so with you. With DD I had them so bad, my leg would hurt all day! I upped my potassium, calcium, fluids, etc and still got them. They have just started this time around and they are so painful. :( Maybe I will try a potassium supplement.

TeachinAuntie 05-05-2011 06:09 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
I don't get the crazy cramps but I have had leg pain & restless leg issues this whole pregnancy, with it being WORSE the last couple weeks.

I jiggle the whole car when we go anywhere because wiggling helps. <--DH can't stand it.

2&2 05-05-2011 07:00 PM

Re: Leg Cramps
I am going to call my Dr. about the potassium supplement, I just need a good nights sleep! Thanks!

momma2two 05-05-2011 08:02 PM

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I had those a few weeks ago....told the midwife and she said prob. a lack of calcium, I make sure to get plenty now and have been fine ever since

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