Post # 1
I am 26 weeks pregnant today (yay!) but my newest pregnancy symptom for the last week is a charlie horse leg cramp in my left calf EVERY NIGHT in the middle of the night. I wake up with a yelp and tons of pain. I massage the cramp down and after a few minutes the giant knot goes away but it stays sore all day (until I get another one the next night!) Any suggestions?
Post # 3
@Littlebean912: I had this a few weeks ago too (now 29 weeks). Drinking more fluids and stretching my glutes/hamstrings seemed to help mine go away. Some people also suggest adding things wiht potasium like bananas. I already eat one a day so I knew that wasn’t it for me but the water really helped. I hope it goes away soon!
Post # 4
The legs cramps are awful aren’t they. Mine were the same in that if they were particularly bad my leg would ache the next day. I found it helpful to extend my leg during the cramp
Post # 5
Ugh, the leg cramps are awful. I get them when I move in the middle of the night. I’ve heard that dehydration can make them worse so drink up!
Post # 6
I’ve been getting some killer leg cramps in the middle of the night too (28w6d). I’ve been mostly able to avoid them creeping up on me by flexing my foot when I feel them coming on at night. I have been waking up feeling like my calves are the size of oranges though haha. I’ve heard stretching throughout the day can help, as well as many of the other things orvis18 mentioned above! 🙂
Post # 7
Oh my gosh, I just got one two nights ago! I didn’t realize it was a pregnancy symptom though 🙁 I just thought it was because I did a bunch of lunges that day!
Just when you think pregnancy has nothing more to offer you…. there are charlie horses in your calves. Awesome.
Post # 8
When was pregnant with muchkin I had those to about the same time frame. No suggestions but yeah they are a big time owe!
Post # 9
I get those as well… or my legs fall asleep. I probably got 3 hours in last night….
Post # 10
Ugh! I had my first Charley Horse a couple nights ago too. (31 weeks) I only had 1 with my first and I’m hoping that was my only one with this pregnancy.
Like others said Water Water Water, maybe a banana before bedtime, stretching. My chiropractor actually suggested a spoonful of mustard before bedtime. Since I haven’t gotten anymore I haven’t put this suggestion into practice.
I joke with my husband that we don’t need any birthing practices because him talking me through a Charley Horse is about like talking me through a contraction 🙂
Hopefully you’ll find some relief!
Post # 11
Ugh…aren’t they fun? How much water are you drinking each day? My doctor told me that I need to be drinking at LEAST 80 oz of water every day. It’s a whole heck of a lot of water, and it makes me pee all the time, but I’ve only had leg cramps maybe once every 2 weeks b/c of it. Potassium also really helps with them too, so try munching on dried apricots or a banana each day.
Hopefully those things help a little!
Post # 12
This is what my pregnancy newsletter from the hospital says re: leg cramps:
To relieve a leg cramp:
- Sit on a firm bed or chair. Straighten your leg and bend your foot (flex your ankle) slowly toward the knee. Bend your toes up and down.
- Stand on a flat surface (a cold surface is even better) and stretch your toes up, as if to stand on your heels. Then try walking while stretching your toes up.
- Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to help with the muscle ache.
- Do not massage your calf muscle during the cramp.
To prevent leg cramps:
- Avoid too much phosphorous in your diet. This is found in highly processed foods, such as lunch meats, packaged foods, sodas, and other carbonated beverages.
- If you’re having frequent cramps (more than twice a week), increase the amount of calcium in your diet or take calcium supplements that don’t contain phosphorous.
- Do leg stretches before bedtime.
- Wear leg warmers at night.
- Exercise moderately every day.
- Take a warm (not hot) bath before bedtime
Post # 13
Thank you everyone! I have to up my water I think. Recently I have tried to limit my fluids after dinner because I was getting up about once an hour/ hour and a half to pee but I think by doing so I brought on the cramps. So will up my fluids at night. Will also stop by the store for some bananas and milk!
Post # 14
Ouch! I remember those when I was pregnant. I agree with the advice given here, drink more water and get some more potassium into your body.