Is it normal?
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Kelly - posted on 05/28/2012
Having Restless Leg like symptoms can be a sign of Iron Deficiency which is common in pregnant women. You may also experience fatigue, a lack of tolerence to the cold and a craving for ice. The fatigue can be difficult to differentiate between the fatigue you may already be experiencing at 32 weeks gestation. You need to contact your OB doc in the morning (not an emergency but needs to be an addressed soon) and tell him/her your symptoms and ask for a blood test for Iron Studies. I have worked for 25 years as a RN and have treated many pregnant women with Iron Deficiency and associated Anemia. If you do have Iron Deficieny Anemia, it is easily treated. Good Luck!
Ellen - posted on 05/28/2012
RSL. I have it now but not while pregnant. I take potassium every night for it. It seems to help. If you don't want to take it eat 1 or 2 bananas everyday. I have noticed that when I am on my feet more--more walking or standing--it's worse. Drinking extra water helps too.
Jennie - posted on 05/29/2012
Yes. Definitely RLS. I am 38 weeks pregnant and have had it nearly every evening /night for the last 2 months. I tried the calcium magnesium supplements, to no avail for me. Though many have had great success with it. I found paracetamol /acetaminophen (which is safe to take during pregnancy according to manufacturer dosage instructions) to work but, I didn't want to take it every night so I have been taking a hot shower every night just before bed. It has worked for me night after night. Its a great natural, and free remedy :-) Extra intake of H2O definitely helps as well. Hope you find a remedy that works for you and best of luck with your baby :-)
Pamela - posted on 05/29/2012
I don't understand when you say "jump out of skin by my knees". Is the feeling a burning sensation? Numbing sensation?
If the sensation is a strong physical ne tell your OBGYN doctor about it. You are in the last weeks so it could just be your emotional reaction to those seemingly endless last weeks when you feel like it will never end! LOL!!!
Erin - posted on 05/29/2012
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but a liquid calcium-magnesium supplement could help greatly. Magnesium is a natural muscle calmer. I had the same thing with my legs in my second pregnancy and the cal-mag worked amazingly. It is safe to take while pregnant, they give magnesium (in larger doses) to pregnant women who are having bad pre-labor contractions. I took Blue Bonnet brand in the blueberry flavor. Magnesium is also great for lowering blood pressure, muscle cramps, reducing migraines & regulating heart beat! Its very difficult to get optimal amounts of magnesium through diet alone.
Triny - posted on 05/29/2012
Try going to yoga, and stretching. It will never go away. All you can do to avoid getting it is stretching exercises, yoga, spin class. It is awful but not serious. The doctor is wrong this only gets worse as you age. Trust me I got when I was pregnant with my last child over 21 years ago and I still get it on occassion.
Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 05/29/2012
Ah. Restless Leg Syndrome. Irritating as all get out! It happens. It's not abnormal. I'm not sure what to do about it. My doctor told me is Should go away after the baby is born. However, my son is now a year old and I still have occasional RLS. Good luck.
Triny - posted on 05/29/2012
You have restess leg syndrome. I remember getting this when I was pregnant at 33yrs. old.
It is not serious and no one really knows why this happens. Could be bad circulation. Try and stretch your legs, walk and don't gain too much weight. There is nothing you can do for this and you will probably get it off and on as you get older.
I am 56 years old and don't have it any more because I do yoga, and spin classes. But when I stop I get it back. Try and do moderate leg excersises it will help. But again, this is not anything you need to worry about. It is just very annoying.
Desiree - posted on 05/28/2012
Ah, I had this with my second pregnancy! Some nights I thought I might lose my mind as my legs were wanting to river-dance while I just wanted to sleep! I know there is medication to help but I doubt that it is safe to take while pregnant. If it becomes bothersome I would talk to your OB about it. Some things that helped me were to take a warm bath before bedtime or to rub my legs.
In my case, as I hope it will be in your case as well, it was short lived. Thank the powers that be!
Andrea - posted on 05/28/2012
I know it sounds funny and I never believed it until I tried it myself. But but a bar of soap under your sheets by your legs. I do it and it takes the restless feeling away. I don't know why or how but its amazing to get the relief. Good luck
Emily - posted on 05/28/2012
Yeah I'd def say its restless leg syndrome- I've had it during both pregnancies at night. Would literally leap out of bed and felt like painful 'crawling' under my skin- id be running round the.bedroom at 3am!! Stay well hydrated and I used to get my partner to rub my feet/legs but it would start hurting again as soon as he stopped! Im going to try the tonic water thing if its starts again with this pregnancy! It stoppd as soon as I had my two.boys though so I hope the same happens for.you!x
Hillary - posted on 05/28/2012
definitely sounds like RLS! I have had it since I was younger and it always gets worse when I'm pregnant. You can't take the medications for it while pregnant, but tonic water works! My brother also has RLS and crohn's, so he can't take the meds, but he drinks a can of tonic water a day and it has helped a lot! He's who I got the idea from while pregnant, and it was great! I didn't like the taste of tonic water though so I mixed it with some orange juice. Also massaging the calf muscles and feet will help a bit. My attacks are virtually daily and the more tired I am the worse it is, so I would also recommend trying to stay well rested. Hope it gets better for you!
Tara - posted on 05/27/2012
Sounds like you may have developed RLS (restless leg syndrome). I had that at the end of both my pregnancies. Here is a link to some info that may help explain it better than I can: http://www.babycenter.com/0_sleep-proble...
What I did was avoid caffeine, drink lots of water and massage my lower legs a bit before I went to bed. I'll tell you now that it didn't go away completely, but those things helped.
It did go away after I had my girls though.
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