Post # 1
Ok, so every so often when I sleep, I wake up to a sore feeling on one side of either knee / calf area (never usually both legs at the same time). To take it away, I would just stretch out the leg. Early this morning, the same thing occurred. No biggie. Later on though, I felt the soreness come back so I stretched my foot out and OMG I had the worst leg cramp EVER. It was pretty painful that I was grunting which woke up the poor hubs. He was thinking it was about the baby. Anyway, I sat up and felt my calf and it was nearly hard as a rock. It eventually went away with stretching and rubbing of the calf area and foot.
Have you had a similar experience?
I hear to help prevent these moments involve drinking lots of water or milk or eating bananas. I am pretty good with the water. That was all I drank yesterday. Any other ways to prevent this?
Post # 3
I’m not expecting but FYI I have had this happen twice (not having anything to do with being preggo, since I’m not and haven’t been) and HOLYGOODNESS they are painful. I found myself grasping my leg in pain!!!! My Fiance made me walk aroudn to stretch it out. It was horrible!!!!!!! So yes…. I feel ya and you are NOT being a baby!
Post # 4
@kjpugs – good to know it isn’t fully preggie related even though I have never experienced these before. I think the best way is stretching it out. I am hoping to not go through that again. Yikes!
Post # 5
Yeah, I’ve done that a couple times. When I wake up in the morning, I always strecth out my sore legs, and sometimes I stretch too hard and get a really bad cramp. Now I just try to gently stretch first, and then I kinda massage my calf, and then stretch again. It seems to help in avoiding that “OMG this hurts so bad!” feeling. 🙂
Post # 6
My mom swears by dunking in cold water, (well, she says toilet water, to be exact, but that’s you’re call when you’re in pain) cold water makes it go away fast, but prevention is key.
Post # 7
I’ve always gotten Charlie Horses, but they were really bad when I was pregnant. Usually I would wake up right before I got one. I can always feel them coming on. The trick is to point your toes outward in a stretch (like a ballerina). Usually this can prevent one from coming on or at least speed up the recovery time.
Whatever you do don’t pull your toes upwards and tense the muscle! If you are starting to get one and you do that then you will definitely get one, a bad one at that!
Your muscles work via Ions (sodium, potasium, and calcium mainly) so an imbalance in any of these can cause the issue. Eating bananas has never helped for mine unfortuneately. Acctually, if I try to self treat via banana I usually get even more charlie horses, but I know for a lot of people a simple increase in potasium saves the day.
My physiology professor warned me once to be careful not to up your ions too much though because if you get too high of an influx it can actually cause a heart attack (not to mention your charlie horses could be from too much potassium, or some other ion, like mine probably are).
Drinking more water is probably your best bet. It tends to balance everything out.
Good luck!! I know they super suck!!
Post # 8
@rnc – THANKS!!
What I did wrong was exactly what you had mentioned. I did not point my toes, I actually flexed upwards. Very good information! Now, I know what not to do. Thanks again!
Post # 9
I got HORRIBLE Charlie horses when I was pregnant, they would wake me up during the night in tears. Point your toes and have your husband rub the muscle. It hurts for a bit, but they go away fast and feel soo much better!
Post # 10
It actually took me like 10 years to figure that out.. I always tensed my muscle, then when I was pregnant I pointed my toes once and it was like magic.. lol. I told my sister and she was like.. duh!