charley horse while preg, help!

Jocelyn - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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lately i have been getting woken up by a lovely charley horse. it only happens in the morning, in the same spot in the same leg (right leg, calf, under knee). do any of you have any suggestions for prevention? i've heard to drink more milk, but lately that's all i've been drinking!

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Denise - posted on 06/18/2009

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Ow! Those hurt really badly. You're low on minerals - potassium and calcuim especially. Drinking milk helps, however, I don't see why calcuim supplements wouldn't do the job also. Eating potatoes and/or bananas (both high in potassium), or drinking orange juice always helps. Ask your doctor for potassium supplements. I'm not a professional, but the demand for minerals rises dramatically during pregnancy. Blessings to you and your baby!

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Monique - posted on 06/19/2009

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The minute you start to feel any pain flex your foot as much as possible,breath deeply and rub the area.

Penny - posted on 06/18/2009

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If you don't have gestational diabetes, eat a banana in the morning or at night before you go to bed. The potassium helps with the muscles.

Jeni - posted on 06/18/2009

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the same thing happened to me! I would wake up with tears in my eyes b/c they hurt soo bad. I tried eating bananas and it helped a little, but then the cramps would come back. I started taking a seperate potassium supplement. Within a couple days of doing this they stopped all together... Ask your dr first of course !

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TUMS with calcium..... took me and my doctor over a month of trying different things and TUMS were the only thing that helped. About 4 within an hour before bed.

Kristen - posted on 06/18/2009

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I agree with everyone on the water, potassium & calcium & confirmed all of these "remedies" with my doc as well. The one thing that helped me significantly that I don't see mentioned here is magnesium. Once I started taking magnesium, the charley horses stopped. I was already taking potassium, calcium & drinking water to the point of clear pee! I'm glad they've cleared up-now here's to keeping them at bay!

Jocelyn - posted on 06/18/2009

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thanks ladies! i'm happy to say that i was charley horse free this morning! so something that i tried has got to be working! (although i haven't tried the pickle juice one yet lol )

Krista - posted on 06/17/2009

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Bananas are great! If the charley horse turns into a muscle cramp or does not relax, you can also drink pickle juice to relax the muscle. I know it sounds crazy......but within seconds I could physically feel the muscle relax! It really was amazing!! Beware of the pickle belches that follow though :)

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Try a heating pad or rub the muscle before bed. (for those of you that are going to criticize me about the heating pad I will say now ON HER LEG!!!) You could also try putting an ace bandage around your leg while you sleep. But be careful it might be something worse than just a muscle cramp. Make sure if it keeps happening to talk to your doctor. It might be a blood clot or something.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2009

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Watermelon has more potassium then bananas. drink plenty of water and increase your potassium intake. light stretching before bed can help too.

Alicia - posted on 06/17/2009

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I had the same problem and was told it was a calcium deficiency also. I was taking calcium pills but it didn't help. The only thing I could do was stretch, drink lot of water, and stopped wearing heels to work. I actually started to sleep with my foot flexed to avoid the pain. I feel for you! Hang in there :)

Angie - posted on 06/17/2009

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Gatorade or G2 has been helping me with my charlie horses this time around. Once you get one take a couple of drinks. For me it works with in about a minute.

Jaimie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I know exactly how you feel...ugh! With my last pregnancy, I was waking up with one at least every other night...it was so not fun!! When I asked my doctor, thinking it would be something I just had to deal with....she told me I wasn't drinking enough water. Not drinking enough water causes cramping in the legs...who knew? She also told me when I use the bathroom...my urine should be almost clear...that's how you'd be able to tell you're drinking enough.

Sheri - posted on 06/17/2009

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The banana helped mine for sure - so did waking up hubby and getting him to rub it!

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I also had them when I was pregnant my doctor add a calcium supplement and that took care of it. Give your doc a call. Poor thing hope it helps.

Jen - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree with everyone's feedback. I got them last year when I was pregnant too - they'd wake me up. It was always after I hadn't had enough water to drink.



BTW, Congrats!

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Stay hydrated. Eat a banana and drink a glass of milk. The banana has potasium and the milk has calcium. This should make it go away, right away.

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009

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Eat banana's. They have potassium in them which having a lack of potassium will cause Charlie Horses. Try it and write back and let me know if it worked or not. I got my husband to eat them and his stopped.

Tiffany - posted on 06/16/2009

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I used to have some of the worst ones that would last days. I found that drinking a lot of water and exercising lightly like yoga helped. I wouldnt know about the milk thing because I am lactose intolerant and couldnt handle any milk products.

Bev - posted on 06/16/2009

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They are the worst thing aren't they? Drink lots of milk and water. They do get worse if you get a little dehydrated! I always kept water by my bed at night and whenever I woke up I would take a drink....pain in the butt I know when you have to get up to pee all night long but I found it did work for me in that area.

Bev - posted on 06/16/2009

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They are the worst thing aren't they? Drink lots of milk and water. They do get worse if you get a little dehydrated! I always kept water by my bed at night and whenever I woke up I would take a drink....pain in the butt I know when you have to get up to pee all night long but I found it did work for me in that area.

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