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charley horse 
29th-Nov-2012 10:35 am [leg cramps]
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I woke up with a charley horse in my left calf this morning, and I've read they are common in pregnancy. I could kind of feel it coming on, but I haven't had one in years so I guess I didn't connect the dots. Besides the muscle cramp, I also became really hot, thirsty, had to pee, and felt like I was going to throw up or pass out all at once. Luckily it subsided and I had a few sips of water. My poor leg is still sore! I am trying to drink a ton of water today - any other tips? (Avocados, bananas and I do not get along).

I'm 17 weeks, 5 days.
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29th-Nov-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I got one of those during my pregnancy, and after that was just careful not to stretch too much while in bed. If I felt like one might be coming on I would just get out of bed right away and walk around a bit.

I know it sounds a little crazy, but I've heard it reccomended to put a bar of soap under the fitted sheet at the foot on your mattress to help with charlie horses. I did so at my mother's reccomendation and never had another one, but I'm not sure if it was the soap or just me being careful about not stretching too much like I mentioned above. Might just be an old wives tale, but worth a shot! Just remember to take the soap out before washing your sheets ;)
30th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't know to walk on it, so I wish I would have done that! Everyone is telling me I should have walked on it.

haha I have never heard that about soap, but I suppose it doesn't hurt to try! :P
29th-Nov-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Mostly I'm just commenting to say hey! Another person who can't eat bananas or avocados! People are always trying to get me to eat them and don't believe me when I say it's a really, really bad idea.

Anyway, I used to get charley horses more before I was pregnant, although I did get a few when my second trimester started. I find that drinking a lot of milk helps (if you don't do milk, then something else with a lot of calcium).
30th-Nov-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
man, and I love bananas and avocados. Are you allergic? I have had very subtle allergic reactions, but my doc just said to stop eating them (didn't want to do a test!)

It's funny you say milk, because the last few nights I have been absolutely craving cereal. And I haven't craved anything this pregnancy, so I guess it was my body telling me it was lacking!
30th-Nov-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
It's not an allergy (and I did get tested for bananas, so I know for sure) but some kind of intolerance. It causes pretty intense stomach pain if I eat them, though, so I really can't.
30th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
I have a similar response. I was kind of hoping I might get away with it during pregnancy, since I have heard sometimes intolerance can change during pregnancy. I'm afraid to try it, though, because the consequences are not good on any other day :P
30th-Nov-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I experimented with some avocado dip on the same grounds, but it was no-go. So sad!
29th-Nov-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the after pain, but whenever I feel one coming on I point my toes up as far as they go (I guess flex is really the word, pointing up to my knee or thereabouts) and it goes away instantly. no more charley horses since I learned that trick!
30th-Nov-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My leg is still sore, but I've been doing that stretch and it seems to help it work itself out!
29th-Nov-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Take a magnesium supplement, that really helps!
30th-Nov-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks I'll look into it!
29th-Nov-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Cereal with milk is a source of potassium as is potatoes! They have TONS of it. Definitely up your water intake and fluids in general and try a magnesium supplement or eat foods high in magnesium: rice/wheat/oat bran (So a bran cereal with milk would be awesome, magnesium and potassium in one!), pumpkin, certain nuts, molasses and soy beans.

I had these horribly during my pregnancy and I would do calf stretches every night before bed and that helped a lot.
30th-Nov-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
I've been craving cereal and milk the last few days, how funny! Potassium in potatoes, now that is one I didn't know about. Thanks for the tips! I did calf stretches last night before bed, and every time I woke up to turn over (I swear rolling over is an ordeal already) I did them, too.
30th-Nov-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
for me, immediately flexing my foot usually ends it. worst case scenario i stand up on that leg to get rid of it.
30th-Nov-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Flexing my foot since it happened has seemed to really help a lot. I wish I hadn't babied it so much when it was happening the first time because it's still sore today :(
30th-Nov-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
I hate bananas, but I totally choked them down because it was the only thig that seemed to help mine. No amount of flexing, stretching, or standing on them made mine to away :-/
30th-Nov-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
I think I might be allergic to bananas, but I was thinking I might try one and if I don't have a reaction, go for it. I've heard sometimes allergies can go away during pregnancy, and right now my reaction is a giant bloated, achy stomach. Right now I've been downing tons of water, gatorade, milk and cereal and right now chocolate milk! :)
30th-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
My lactose intolerance went away during my first pregnancy, but definitely proceed with caution! Maybe try the things others suggested first.
30th-Nov-2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Natural calm! It's a powdered magnesium supplement, and it's great for cramps and restless leg issues and generally is kind of relaxing. They've even got a "mama calm" version that has some extra folic acid in it. It can really loosen your bowels, though, which, during pregnancy is usually kind of a good thing. Just bear that in mind when you're adjusting to the dosage for your body. =)
30th-Nov-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'll look for it! I am all for anything not in pill-form, I have the worst time taking pills. Thank you much!!
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