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charlie horse hell 
30th-Nov-2012 09:48 am [leg cramps]
Hey ladies, anyone else getting awful leg cramps/charlie horses in the middle of the night with pregnancy??? It's starting to become a burden as the frequency has increased to about 3-4 times a week for me. I'm trying the dietary suggestions my midwife recommended but nothing seems to be working right now. :( So frustrated!
30th-Nov-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
What are the dietary suggestions?

I try to make sure I consume flax oil as this keeps the joints looser or something and less likely to cramp.
30th-Nov-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Almonds, soybeans, sardines, etc. I think she told me I should take magnesium tablets too? Ugh, I'm on my 3rd UTI too so I'm taking pills like they're going out of style, LOL.
30th-Nov-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Please do take magnesium, it really helps
30th-Nov-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
I will definitely buy some today... I'm desperate!
30th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Me, strangely enough, I am just getting over a uti too, I wonder if they're related?
30th-Nov-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I wonder that too. It's so crazy, I'm a clean person but with it being my 3rd time my midwife and nurse keep telling me I gotta "clean better" down there after sex. We have sex so infrequently these days and I do clean up that I can't imagine sex being the cause of my UTI's, lol. Oh pregnancy... you kill me sometimes.
30th-Nov-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got a UTI and I can guarantee it had nothing to do with sex. Sometimes they just happen.
30th-Nov-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I just posted about this yesterday, and got some good recommendations! http://pregnant.livejournal.com/17434553.html#t250717113

I can't imagine getting them so often - just the one the other night was terrible enough :(
30th-Nov-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for linking me! Feels so good to know that we're all in this together (even with the horrible side effects of pregnancy). I really really hope you don't get them as often as I do. You'd think you'd get used to them but you don't. :(
30th-Nov-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Besides increasing magnesium I would increase potassium as well: bananas, potatoes, cereal with milk (and banana!) etc. Up your water and your fluid intake in general.

I had these pretty badly and what helped more than anything was doing calf/leg stretches everyday, especially right before I went to sleep.
30th-Nov-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I eat bananas every day but I definitely need to up my fluid intake. The calf exercises need to be a daily routine for me now, thanks for the suggestion!
30th-Nov-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Since the charley horses happened at night for me, too, I ate a banana right before bed for several nights. Worked like a charm!
30th-Nov-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
More potassium...and as soon as you feel it come on, flex your toe (point them up to the sky so that it's an L with your leg.). Doing that will stop them in their tracks. I get them almost every night and did with my first, also. It's one of the un-fun things about being pregnant. :/
30th-Nov-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Heh, I keep forgetting to flex in my delirium!!! (although I know that is the best way to stop them in their tracks) This always seems to happen to me in the middle of a dream so I wake up in pain and disoriented from the dream state, fun times. :P Ugh, every night for you? I'm so sorry... I feel like a baby getting them every other day. :(
30th-Nov-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it's usually when I wake in the night or very early morning and go to stretch. I have woken up with the knot in there already, and yeah, that hurts, and then the soreness lasts a lot while longer, even after you stretch it.
30th-Nov-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I get them when I get thirsty, so potentially starting to get dehydrated a bit.
30th-Nov-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Heh I keep forgetting to drink a ton of water. Alas, I can't always blame pregnancy brain. I will definitely need to make a more conscious effort. :)
30th-Nov-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
With my first I had to eat a banana everyday otherwise I'd get leg cramps in both legs at night. Hurt like heck! I would wake up crying and my husband would have to stretch my feet back for me to relieve them.

But the banana worked. Potassium. Who knew?
30th-Nov-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I already eat one banana a day so maybe 2 will do the trick for me, LOL. So glad they worked for you!
30th-Nov-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Avocados, bananas and figs. They all have potassium, thank goodness, because I get tired of bananas fast. Walgreens has dried figs for 99 cents that are pretty good.
30th-Nov-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love bananas but they sure are getting old fast. Yay for avocados and figs, love them both!
30th-Nov-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
SmartWater. Not only does the hydration help, but the electrolytes help as well.
3rd-Dec-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
1st-Dec-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I used to get them in my thighs when I was pg. I thought I would die. I don't have any tips in preventing them, but an ice pack applied directly will stop them right away, as will walking around. They appeared to be pregnancy related with me; I rarely get them when I'm not pg.
3rd-Dec-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ugh, they're the worst right?!? Thanks for the suggestion!
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