almost 38 weeks and really bad leg pains:(what is this?

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Jenna - posted on 02/03/2010

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im 38 weeks too and got them i hate it, it hurts so bad its from lack of calcium and could be from iron too. Im suppose to take calcium pills and i dont but i do take my prenatals and iron but i kindof lack those every now and then too. So i know forsure it is from not taking calcium. worse part of getting them is when your sleeping nothing like waking up to a cramp in your leg mine are so bad i cant even move and the other day i was getting them while i was walking.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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Lots of bannanas it help me. My first child I would wake to horrible pains that would make me cry. Low potassium is what I read before having the second and third and II did not get as many with those two.

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Janice - posted on 02/03/2010

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i had the same problem. It seems really hard to lift or move ur legs. Dr told me it from extra weight ur not used to and it will go away after well i think for me was 2 weeks or abit more after i had my baby girl. When i could move good again and actually lift my leg without pain i was so happy lol. Also body pillows helped me, and keeping legs up abit, but if it does worry u, i would talk to ur doctor. Good luck, and all the best at becoming a mom:)

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2010

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it could just be baby playing with the nerves though. my son did that. legs used to give out randomly. most annoying. If you're really worried talk to your doctor though. :)

Cherie - posted on 02/03/2010

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yes, bananas will help if it is lack of potasium. if they are swollen and painful, you should be check for toximia, expecially if you've gained a lot of weigh during the preg. they probably woulnd have hinted to other symptoms by now however, so that may not be likely...document everything you can about your pains, were you get the specfically were it hurts the most, times of day, do they seem to coninside with contractions, it could just be your cyatic nerve acting up duing braxon hicks contraction....definately have a lot of ways to go, but tell dr as much as you can at next visit. If you start to swell, see them before the visit. you'll be ok

Becky - posted on 02/03/2010

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If it is leg cramps, calcium might help. I think there are certain other things (like soda) that prevent calcium from absorbing, so you could check into that. It could also be Restless Leg Syndrome. I get that at the end of my pregnancies, not so much pain as just really annoying nerve sensations that don't let you sit still. Also, sciatica, which comes from the sciatic nerve. Usually runs down one leg starting around the hip. Try warm baths, it is usually the only way I can get to sleep at the end of my pregnancies.

Nikki - posted on 02/03/2010

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read up about sciatica, from 6 months on I had the worse pains in my legs b/c he was resting on my sciatic nerve, The only thing that worked for me was lying on the bed with my legs up against the wall and warm baths ( not HOT but warm)

Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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You're lucky you made it to 38 weeks mine started at around 25 weeks. No one tells you about the leg cramps but everyone I spoke to laughed and said "oh yeah, that's no fun huh" like it was this little secret joke they were playing on me. Anyway my OBGYN said it was either a lack in hydration or calcium. I noticed that if I slacked off on water, milk and walking that I'd get cramps. They're no fun though that's for sure, it's almost a cripling pain. Good news is it all goes away after birth!

Susanne - posted on 02/03/2010

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Is it just one leg? if its swollen and painful you should see ur doctor, as pregnant people are at risk of dvt. Might not be anything but just get it checked x

Donna - posted on 02/03/2010

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Oh my goodness i had this too!..it was horrible!.does urs happen at night because thats what happened to me and i felt like i could never sleep!..i used to get up and walk around the house for a little then lay back down and that sometimes helped..or i would elevate my legs..maybe try buying one of those body pillows i found that that helped a little bit too..im not exactly sure what the pain was from cuz when i asked the doctor he just said "ur pregnant ur gonna get pains"..haha not the answer i wanted. Any ways sorry for my rambling here lol but hope this helps or u start to feel better!

Jeannie - posted on 02/03/2010

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Most likely it is just leg cramps or soreness from extra weight and water, but it could be blood clots. Women are more susceptible to clots when pregnant. I would call my DR. depending on your medical history they may want to check it out.

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