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Old 05-05-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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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!
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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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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.
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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?!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I am going to call my Dr. about the potassium supplement, I just need a good nights sleep! Thanks!
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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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