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Leg cramps?

Postby princess purr » Mon May 20, 2013 07:53 pm

by princess purr (1092 Posts), Mon May 20, 2013 07:53 pm

This pregnancy is shaping up to be sooooo different... not only do I have food aversions, I'm nauseous, have heart burn and now... leg cramps. Just my left calf, it feels better if I keep wiggling my foot around, I have a doc appointment on Wednesday so I'm going to mention it then... but anyone else have leg cramps and any ideas on how to get rid of them? I drink a ton of water, I'm trying to get better about eating bananas and dairy.
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Veronica Rosina, 11/25/2004-11/27/2004
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Nicholas Robert, 11/22/2013 7 lb 7oz 19.5 inches, born at 36 weeks (due to previous classical c-section) PE FREE!!!!!!
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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby laughinggirl127 » Tue May 21, 2013 02:58 am

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Tue May 21, 2013 02:58 am

Well muscle contraction is controlled by the exchange of primarily potassium, sodium, and calcium. A depletion of any of these can cause muscle cramps. Most people get more than enough sodium so its probably not that unless you are drinking an insane amount of water that is washing it out. it is probably the potassium and calcium. While bananas are the most widely known source of potassium they aren't actually the best. If you google foods with potassium it will bring up a list. i hate bananas and never eat them. Lots of other good sources. if you are having trouble with the dairy for the calcium try some things that are fortified. A great example is the OJ that is fortified with vitamins and calcium. I can't think of any more right now but if you get to looking around there are some things available. Hope your cramps get better. I found that I craved lots of potatoes and tomatoes while I was pregnant and got horrible leg cramps if I didn't keep it up. Also with the heart burn you might talk to your dr. I was on zantac twice a day, reglan four times a day and prilosec once a day. My heart burn made me want to vomit most of the time. I think I would have preferred morning sickness, well maybe. They say no two pregnancies are alike. Just breathe. Only 30 weeks or so to go.
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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby ellemoon » Tue May 21, 2013 09:59 am

by ellemoon (47 Posts), Tue May 21, 2013 09:59 am

I take a calcium, magnesium, zinc supplement twice a day and I've found that it really helps with the leg cramps. If I skip a day, I can expect to get a cramp in my leg that night.
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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby tree » Tue May 21, 2013 10:29 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Tue May 21, 2013 10:29 pm

I lived on TUMS (on my doctor's advice) while I was pregnant. She said it helps with the heartburn, provides extra Ca, and it helped manage leg cramps for me. You could ask your doctor about taking them. I find bananas and potatoes pretty effective medicine for leg cramps too.
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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby sarahkm » Mon May 27, 2013 08:21 pm

by sarahkm (86 Posts), Mon May 27, 2013 08:21 pm

Hi,

I'm currently at 28 weeks and started getting cramps in my calves about 2 weeks ago. They haven't been too bad in the last few days though. I didn't have any (or just don't remember) 7 years ago so it was new to me. Then I opened a pregnancy book to the 2nd and 3rd trimester and found out that they are common! There doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to help decrease them, but stretching before going to bed and throughout the day is also recommended which has seemed to help me. I'm also having really bad heartburn and have to take Pepcid twice daily now and drink milk before going to bed and in the middle of the night if needed. I cannot get myself to take Tums.

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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby princess purr » Thu May 30, 2013 10:08 am

by princess purr (1092 Posts), Thu May 30, 2013 10:08 am

Tums seemed to help, knock on wood, they seem to be gone for now!
Val (34) & Carlos (32)
Married: April 29th 2011
Veronica Rosina, 11/25/2004-11/27/2004
Born at 26.5 weeks (1 lb 4oz, 14 inches) because of severe preeclampsia (doc says I was on my way to HELLP but not there yet)
Nicholas Robert, 11/22/2013 7 lb 7oz 19.5 inches, born at 36 weeks (due to previous classical c-section) PE FREE!!!!!!
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Re: Leg cramps?

Postby ktsl123 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:04 pm

by ktsl123 (297 Posts), Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:04 pm

Try not to stretch your legs at night or when you wake up if you get leg cramps... trust me it hurts!
Son born healthy at 5lbs 8oz at 35 weeks +2 days due to Severe PE on 7-21-09
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