(Closed) Charlie horse / leg cramp! Holy Hannah!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@mrsjets:  YES. When I had insane m/s i’d get charlie horse’s ALL THE TIME and they sucked…turns out that it was because I was dehydrated…..Started eating more fruit and drinking OJ and it’s gone away:)

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  One tip I have gotten is whenever you get a Charlie horse, immediately point and/or flex your foot. If you catch it right in time, it will cut off the pain. It’s helped a few times with me. I’m sorry you’re getting those…they hurt sooo bad!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It means you need to drink more water.  The only time I had them during pregnancy, was when I had the flu, and I couldn’t keep myself hydrated.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Not pregnant, but I get these whenever I’ve been particularly hard on my legs, like if I had a long skating practice or something. I always get them in the middle of the night, they wake me up and are so excruciating all I can do is roll around in pain and barely breathe. Sometimes if I can pull myself to position where I’m putting weight on it, that can help.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mrsjets:  You can drink OJ and then lie down for bed without horrific heartburn!? I am so jealous πŸ™‚  Just reading that made me want my tums…

For the OP, I flex my foot so the toes are being pulled towardss my knee.  If that doesn’t work, I stand on the leg thats cramping, it makes the cramp go away.  I also tried drinking milk and eating bananas for the calcium and potassium which I don’t think helped.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yes!  I’ve had the absolute worst calf cramps during pregnancy.  Usually right when I wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night.  Some have been so bad that I start screaming out in pain in the middle of the night.  It terrifies Darling Husband.  To keep them at bay I try to drink as much water as possible and stretch my calves before bed each night.  If I do feel one coming on I start wiggling my toes right away, which helps to shorted the duration of the cramp. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Totally got one in the middle of the night last night…..my calf is still sore!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I got them for about 3 weeks in my right leg and they hurt like hell. It sucks to be woken up from your sleep like that. I wasn’t dehydrated because I drink water like crazy and drink everytime I get up to go to the bathroom at night. I started drinking coconut water before bed and stretching my calves and it worked. You can also eat a banana before bed, but the coconut water has the potassium of 2 bananas and has magnesium. My midwife said if they got any worse I could add a magnesium supplement, but I haven’t had them for awhile now.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper

I’m not pregnant either but I get these. I agree that lots of water is key, and the banana is a good idea, too!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m with some of the other ladies–flex your foot (pointed up, the opposite of pointing your toes).  It stopped mine immediately.  And it’s useful when you have one and happen to be husbandless that night and have no one else to rub on you. πŸ™‚

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