E.F. asks from Grove City, OH on May 04, 2009
Everytime I seem to work out or take a long walk I get cramps in my upper inner thighs and almost in my pelvic region. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I am 18 weeks pregnant and have never experienced this before. It hurts to the point where I have to sit down. I had a miscarriage about 9mths ago so I freak out about everything. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this?
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Thank you for all of the comments. I have realized I need to slow down. I take care of children all day so I'm always running doing something. I've decided to stop with all the yoga stretching and just walk a few times a week and see if that helps. Being only 27 I wasn't too happy when I started noticing the cellulite on the legs!! LOL
R.D. answers from Indianapolis on May 05, 2009
As always, with any questions during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor. That is what you are paying him or her for. They should be able to reassure you on what's normal and what isn't. They also should be very understanding since you just had a miscarriage and this is your first pregnancy. It is normal to worry about every little thing.
L.B. answers from Bloomington on May 06, 2009
I see you already have some good responses, but I just wanted to write too. I am 25 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing the same pain for the past five weeks or so. Does it hurt especially when you lift your legs to put on pants? That is when it hurts the worst for me.
I asked my doctor about it--and it is just your pelvic joint stretching and getting ready for birth. I would recommend taking it easy for a few days, and then lowering the level at which you are exercising. Good luck!
A.V. answers from Indianapolis on May 05, 2009
I'm not sure, but here are my thoughts on your leg cramps: Are you low in Potassium? Muscle cramping can be due to a definciency. Have you had labs lately? Also, it could be a pinched nerve from baby growing. A thing about pregnancy and when to call the dr.: Decreased feeling of baby moving - although you may not feel it yet, uterine cramping, spotting, bleeding. If none of these things are going on and the pain is bearable, you could probably wait till your next apt. to ask about it. Sometimes strange things like that happen in pregnancy. My right leg went numb when I walked sometimes for about a minute and then would go back to normal.
A.K. answers from Indianapolis on May 04, 2009
This is completely normal during pregnancy. Your ligaments are beginning to relax and that makes exercising tougher on you. If you are able to do water aerobics, that might help. But, you have to be really careful to not over-do it there either. The water will relieve a lot of the pressure and pain in your ligaments, so you'll think you can do more, but once you get out of the water, it can feel worse.
I would just suggest to slow down a bit and not work out at the level you are doing now. Take it down a notch or two. That should help. Also remember to hydrate well. Lots of water.
R.P. answers from Youngstown on May 09, 2009
I hear eating bananas are good for leg cramps
N.L. answers from Columbus on May 05, 2009
I felt the same pain when I was pregnant. They told me it was normal. I didn't think of it as a cramp - it was more of a pain for me, but I'm SURE we are talking about the same thing. And it didn't matter how fast or slow I walked. Good luck & hang in there. I loved being pregnant - most of the time! LOL! After the baby was in my arms I kind of forgot about that pain, the wobble, the sore feet, the back pain, the nausea, etc. It's all worth it.
L.K. answers from Elkhart on May 05, 2009
I get leg cramps in the calves, I've been told to eat a banana every day. It really does help. Or you can take a potassium pill.
Good luck with your pregnancy, I hope everything goes well for you this time. Be sure and talk to your Dr. about the cramping.
M.C. answers from Cleveland on May 05, 2009
I had that with both of my pregnancies. It felt as if when I would walk, my hips would dislocate and the miscles were crampy and twitchy. Its normal, as the muscles and joints are loose and getting ready for delivery, as wierd as that sounds at 18 weeks. Try not to worry, but do slow down and ask your doctor if its too worrysome--thats why God puts doctors in our path, to ask when we're unsure. Good luck and God bless!!