K.R. asks from Saint Clair Shores, MI on May 02, 2007
Suggestions for Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
I am 29 weeks pregnant with my second child. I had a severe leg cramp last night. I woke up in the middle of the night in excrucitaing pain!! I have had this happen before. But I think this one was the worst. It lasted for a very long time and it got to the point where the pain was so bad I was just sobbing. My husband massaged it, but it still would not subside. I am so afraid I will get another bad one like that. Does anybody have any advice?? please!!??
J.A. answers from Detroit on May 08, 2007
I also had terrible leg cramps and massage did nothing for me. My OB recommended taking Benadryl which can help with sleep--the leg cramps were keeping me awake. Once I started with the Benadryl, I either slept through the leg cramps or they went away. Drinking a lot of water and eating bananas are also supposed to help.
M.L. answers from Grand Rapids on May 07, 2007
Even though I stretched before bed, drank plenty of water, ate bananas, and drank soy milk (no cows milk for me!), I still had cramps (although not as severe as when I didn't do those things!). The best thing that worked for me was to sleep on my soft, down-filled couch with a nice pillow between my legs. Slept like a baby!
S.S. answers from Saginaw on May 04, 2007
I had the same problem when I was pregnant with my second, who is 6 weeks today. It was terrible. A couple of things helped. I began eating a banana every day, because lack of Potassium can cause cramps. I also stretched my legs out every night before I went to sleep. Calf stretches helped the best. I kept a heat pack by the bed just in case, which helped.
K. answers from Detroit on May 03, 2007
I heard that leg cramps are a lack of potassium. Try eating banana's. Maybe one right before bed. Hope that helps!
J.W. answers from Grand Rapids on May 03, 2007
I can relate. I had that bad with my first. My doctor told me to take calcium supplements and that you can't have too much calcium. I took two tabs and the prenatals all at seperate times for maximum absorbtion and I honestly never got a cramp again. I am pregnant with my third and still have not had another now that I take the supplements. Hope it helps.
L.O. answers from Detroit on May 02, 2007
I had frequent leg cramps during my first pregnancy... I asked the dr. and he said it was calcium and potassium.. I tried to drink milk with dinner and take a calcium pill with dinner. That mostly eliminated the cramps. I did eat a banana every day too...
If you do get a cramp... do not extend your foot.. push down with your foot on the mattress. like you are pushing down on the gas pedal. that will help the cramp go away.
L.B. answers from Detroit on May 03, 2007
Oooh, just reading your email brought back memories of pain!! I got them real bad with my last pregnancy and my dr. actually told me to have LESS dairy products (calcium). For some wierd reason, I ate a lot of dairy - cheese sticks, yogurt, milk & of course lots of ice cream (plus your prenatals have a lot of extra calcium too)! Once I cut back, they did seem to subside, and I was drinking more water as well. But, she did tell me that there is no true evidence of what causes them. Walking did not seem to help me - I walked about 3 miles everyday, pretty much up to delivery, and I still got them. And, like most of the other moms said - bananas seem to help too!
Good luck!! Hopefully they will be less frequent!
L.H. answers from Detroit on May 03, 2007
Hi K., I used to get them too during the night when I was sleeping. I would just suggest more calcium especially before bed, bananas are good and of course milk or oj, if they continue, try a heating pad on your legs at night to relax the muscles.
E.S. answers from Detroit on May 02, 2007
Sounds like a charlie horse! I got them very bad with my first pregnancy. I was told it was from not having enough potassium. Getting extra will help with the cramps. If you do get them, put your leg straight out on a cold linoleum floor, or something similar that is cool. I did that and took them right away! I can remember waking up and hitting my husband until it went away, so I know what you are going through! Good luck!
M.S. answers from Detroit on May 03, 2007
I stopped getting leg cramps when I started taking extra calcium. Try the Viactiv chews, they are 500mg of Calcium, and they come in assorted flavors (YAY!)
D.H. answers from Saginaw on May 03, 2007
I had bad leg cramps during my pregnancy too. My doc suggested drinking more milk. I was not a big milk drinker and he figured it was because of a lack of calcium. What little bit of calcium I got was going to the baby. So I started drinking milk shakes and forcing myself to drink more milk. It helped alot. I hope this helps you.