Is it normal?

Elisa - posted on 05/27/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

26

0

0

I'm thirty-two weeks pregnant and my legs feel like they need to be moving constantly. I feel like I need to jump out of skin by my knees... Should i be worried?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Kelly - posted on 05/28/2012

1

5

0

Elisa,

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!

kjf

Donna - posted on 05/28/2012

204

23

2

I had it with my son and I nearly went nuts with it. Massage and a warm bath night help before bed. Having some milk at night might help too or some yogurt. Calcuim calms muscles.

Ellen - posted on 05/28/2012

13

9

0

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.

Nikki - posted on 05/28/2012

5,263

41

558

I agree with RSL, I had it too. I found showers helped a lot. I still get it every now and then but only once every 12 months or so.

Jennie - posted on 05/29/2012

2

17

0

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 :-)

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

25 Comments

View replies by

Sylviia - posted on 05/30/2012

1

0

0

i know third will sound crazy but even many nursing homes do this..... add a bar of ivy bar soap at foot of bed. Give three days and see. For whatever reason this old home remedy works.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2012

14

10

1

You might want to take an extra B6 or B12 vitamin. B vitamins are for your nervous system.

If you don't see improvement, try a chiropractor.

Pamela - posted on 05/29/2012

711

9

6

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!!!

Carla - posted on 05/29/2012

5

19

0

I had RLS with both of my pregnancys the dr told me I coud take half a unisom if it got really bad

Erin - posted on 05/29/2012

3

0

0

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

29

23

0

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

236

33

3

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

29

23

0

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

89

19

8

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!
~Desiree

Andrea - posted on 05/28/2012

8

6

0

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

Andrea - posted on 05/28/2012

8

6

0

I had RLS when I was pregnant. Talk to your doctor. Most often it is a case of low iron.

Elisa - posted on 05/28/2012

26

0

0

Thank you so much! I read about it and it helped so much. I really think that's what I have.

Emily - posted on 05/28/2012

11

10

0

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

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2012

467

4

115

no. your body is just going through a different phase. It is changing. Many women experiences so many different things. the experences are not all the same.

Hillary - posted on 05/28/2012

63

20

3

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!

Amy - posted on 05/28/2012

2

10

0

Yep. RLS. I had it with both of my kids and have developed it since. I now take mirapex for it and it helps tremendously. I wouldn't take it while I was pregnant. Instead I had my husband rub my legs and feet.

Louise - posted on 05/28/2012

5,429

69

2296

This sounds like a trapped nerve to me. As you get heavier all sorts of nerves get pinched causing spasm and shakes. If your worried speak to your midwife.

Tara - posted on 05/27/2012

1,289

24

206

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.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms