(Closed) Leg Cramps!!! :O

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Bananas. Eat them. Lots.

I haven’t been getting leg cramps, but toe cramps. Unbelievable pain.

Post # 4
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ugh! I know how awful those are, I’ve been getting them for about 2 weeks now.I get them in my calves and for  the not so bad ones, I just flex my foot (point toes up towards my head) and that helps them go away, but the really bad ones I just get out of bed and try to stand and put foot flat on the floor, which is challenging sometimes as the cramp just wants to make my foot point, but once I’m able to get my foot flat on the ground it usually goes away. I’ve also read that doing some basic calf stretching before bed can help too, but I haven’t tried that.

Good luck!!

Post # 5
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They are awful. I find that if I freak out from the pain, I only tense up more. Make a concious effort of calm youself down and gently start moving your foot or try to stand up. 

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh, I haven’t gotten any leg cramps since my pregnancy started, but I have gotten them at random intervals starting in my teens and they are TERRIBLE. Always happen in the middle of the night and it’s just like you describe – writhing around in pain, I can barely even breathe when I get them. 

I don’t think it really says anything about whether or not you’ll need an epidural – leg cramps and labor are very different! (I hope so anyways, haha – but this is my first so I suppose I don’t know that for a fact). 

If you’re in the middle of the cramp, try your best to move to a standing position, or just anything where you are putting weight on that leg. I know it’s hard to do in so much pain, but it really does help it stop sooner nearly all the time for me. I haven’t found anything to stop them from happening =(

Post # 7
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ugh, I was really sick a while back with some serious digestive issues that I won’t go in to, but I was sick for more than 6 months. My body was unable to absorb vitamins and minerals properly so I got leg cramps at LEAST every night, sometimes multiple times a night. Let me tell you, I *almost* considered suicide a few times lol.

PP above is right about the bananas, the cramps are usually caused my low potassium levels (which bananas contain).

And if your Darling Husband wakes up again when you have them, ask him to massage the your leg.. it might help release it.


Post # 9
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I get those, too. I asked my NP if I could take a potassium supplement and she said that was fine, or that I could just take Tylenol.  I  never heard about the Tylenol, so I double checked in case she had misunderstood me. She confirmed that extra strength Tylenol would help, and drinking plenty of water.

I thought that was interesting, but I’m sticking to the potassium for now.

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I second the getting up and trying to put your foot onto the floor.  It seems to stop it sooner.  My step-mom swears by eating a tablespoon of mustard to get them to stop.  I’ve never tried that.

Post # 11
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Like @KitKatNYC said, try not to struggle through them. Usually standing up will help them stop quickly.

Drink plenty of water and eat bananas!

Post # 12
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Leg cramps are the worst! I seem to get them on and off and there doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to them with me. However, I did read that if you do some stretches before bed, it can help and it actually has helped me a bit. Here is one I got from livestrong.com:

“You can use a wall, bed or any other structure that can give you support. Putting your hands on the wall, stand with one leg in front of you with the knee bent and the other leg about shoulder-width behind it. Keep your back leg straight and make sure both of your heels are flat on the floor. Push on the wall and put some pressure on your front leg until you feel a pulling sensation in your back leg. You shouldn’t feel any pain while you do this stretch. Switch legs so that you have stretched out both calves.”

If you wake up with a leg cramp, try to flex your foot up toward your head as a previous poster recommended. That can help to stop the cramps sooner. And I totally agree about drinking water and eating bananas! 

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