(Closed) Leg Cramps While Sleep

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh, they totally suck! I get them a fair amount and I’m not preggers. Sometimes they’re so bad I’m surprised I don’t wake up Darling Husband with my reaction!

Eating more potassium is supposed to help so I try to have a banana a day.

Post # 5
2017 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Drink more water…..and you also might need more calcium or potassium in your diet….do you take a multivite????

Post # 6
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I used to get them all the time, pretty much every night.  It was actually one of the reasons I had trouble falling asleep.  I don’t really have much advice though besides maybe try to walk around for a minute when they happen (even just a trip to the bathroom and then the kitchen before laying back down or something).  Sometimes that helped me and also kept me from getting too restless trying to fall asleep.

Post # 7
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I get these.  I even got them pretty badly before I was pregnant.  When they are absolutely HORRIBLE I drink a little pickle juice and it seems to help. 

Post # 10
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got one so horrible the other night, it lasted like 10 minutes and nothing I could do would make it stop. The next day my calf felt like it had been knifed! Ouch! 

Post # 12
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I got one a couple of weeks ago and scared my hubby straight out of bed when I started screaming ow ow ow.  A trick my mom taught me to get the cramp to release almost instantly is to bend your big toe towards you on whatever leg it is that’s cramping.  Since I can’t reach my toes very easily anymore, my hubby had to do it for me, but it worked!

Post # 13
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I get them about 3 nights a week sometimes twice in one night since my second trimester. It is aweful  and completely annoying. I have tried everything… more water…. more calcium…. more potasium….. and stretching. Nothing worked…. I am now taking magnesium and while I still get them it is down to once a week…. which in comparison I’ll take! 

Sorry wish I could tell you it was temporary but for me its been most of the pregnancy. 

Post # 14
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never gotten these and didn’t know it was common during pregnancy. I feel horrible for everyone experiencing these. Wishful thinking that I never have the pleasure of having one.

Post # 15
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve been getting these about 1-2 times per week at night while sleeping since the 2nd trimester. Ouch! Sometimes they are so bad that I have trouble walking the next day because my calf is so sore. I upped my calcium and potassium and they are much less frequent!

Post # 16
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’m not pregnant but i get these.

before about 3 months ago it was a very rare occurance, but i feel like i’ve had once a month as of late!

the most recent being last saturday night. that one left my calf sore for days.

luckily it stops hurting after 3 or so minutes and i fall right back asleep, but i always end up scaring the crap out of my fiance when it happens to me!

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