For a couple weeks now I've Been woken up by horrible leg cramps that make me wanna scream. It's like my muscle goes into a tiny tight ball and won't release. I always wake my OH to massage it but until it goes away it's one of the worse pains I've ever experienced.
I had the worst one last night that left my calf sore all day.. And now I'm trying to go to sleep, but I'm scared cus my calves feel like they wanna cramp up!
anyone know anything to help? I've tried bananas.. And lots of water. Idk what to do. They hurt so bad
Sounds like a Charlie Horse. The can be caused by a number of things, some of which are - overuse, dehydration, not stretching before exercise, lack/imbalance of electrolytes.
Make sure you drink lots of water. If you do get a cramp, stretch it slowly, and steadily. It may help to then massage your calf lightly. If it is really bad you could apply heat or take a warm shower to soothe the muscle.
I have gotten these with every pregnancy. It is terrible. I actually got up last night and went and stood on the edge of the stairs to stretch it out. I find if I don't point my toes or stetch out, I do better. I actually sleep with a blanket or pillow under my knees. I am also to the point that I can't sleep in bed, so it is easier to do on the sofa.
I can help!! At least I can tell you what helped me, and I was waking up screaming, swearing and smacking my honey, begging for help. Hellish things, mostly in my left leg. Anyhow - for immediate dealing, try to gently point your toes upwards (NOT down!) and massage the muscle, but to ward them off in the first place, yes, plenty of water and potassium (bananas, etc.) but I talked to a doula friend of mine and she said to try a calcium & magnesium supplement (mine are 250 mg of each and have 200 IU added vitamin D as well) 2X a day.
Since I started taking these, I've only had one minor leg cramp, and that was only when I had started supplement slacking. Mine were so bad before that my leg would ache for a couple of days afterward, so this has made a huge difference. Note: If you have killer heartburn and are tossing back tums or another antacid with calcium 10 times a day, switch to a 1 a day stomach acid thwarter (like zantec) so you don't overload on the calcium. And check with your doc of course, but this totally helped me!! Good luck!
i feel your pain!! ive been getting them alot, im suprised i havent woken the neighbours up with all the swearing! If i jump out of bed as soon as it comes, it normally goes away instantly. If i leave it too late i have to get up and attempt to walk around, not the easiest thing to do but it gets rid off it
Tonic water huni. Although im not sure how far along you are... Someone told me it helps to induce labour because of the quinine and when I researched it they use it alot in pregnancy for leg cramps. I notice a big difference when I drink it with my legs. It hasn't done anything re bringing on labour, but I just saw online that some people say not to drink it during pregnancy due to it bringing on contractions xx
OH MY GOD!! i was going to write about this last night but had to log off.I have been getting horrific cramps in both calfs.and my right calf feels like its constantly on the edge of another one happening all the time,it feels tight all day.Theyre so painful! On sat night i had the worst one yet and it lasted about ten mins which is an eternity when its happeninng.i just point my feet up and wiggle my toes and eventually it goes away.Im so glad you wrote about this.I thought i was the only one!
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