29 weeks and the worst leg cramps ever while im asleep.. help!!

Colleen - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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so im 29 weeks pregnant and for the last 5 or 6 weeks i keep waking up like 15 times a night with really bad cramps in my legs and feet.. is there anything i can do to help or make it stop?? and does anyone know why this happens?? all of my friends said it never happend to them.. please someone tell me whats going on!!

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Tracey - posted on 03/01/2010

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you have probably gotten this a lot but i am right now in the same boat. i get the most painful leg cramps. but i was told by my doctors nurse to eat a banana and drink a glass of orange juice at night and for some odd reason it has seemed to work. also when you get the leg cramps flex your feet up towards you so you can relieve the pain.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2010

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i heard standing up and push your arms out on the way so it stretches ur calfs helps and one of my baby books says if you get a lot of leg cramps u might need more calcium

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I got this as well and I know it is painful so sympathise with you. I got my hubbie to rub my legs before bed and make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day. There is not much else you can do but if you do get them stand on a cold floor and it seems to ease them a bit

Clodagh - posted on 10/04/2013

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I'm 29 weeks pregnant also and experiencing the same is so painful
feel so tired going to work as jumping out of my sleep all night

Cassey - posted on 02/28/2010

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I used to get them all the time. Dont point your toes that will just make it worse. stay laying down and flex your foot back. That would always help me and they would go away pretty quick. Try eating bananas, I read that potassium helps but it could make you very gassy!!!! SO its a trade off!!! The further along I got they went away.

Paula - posted on 02/26/2010

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i seen my midwife last week and told her tht i had tht n she told me to to add a little more salt to my diet . try tht n c it if works if not say to ur midwife .x

Francinne - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had it really Really bad aswell to the point where I couldnt walk on my leg for up to three days after. Best thing was dont drink anything with caffiene in it after 12pm, and if you get restless legs take a couple of Panadol when you go to bed. Also try NOT to stretch, That made it worse for me

Roxana - posted on 02/25/2010

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From what I have read, calcium can give contractions (the calcium pills), here we are advised to take Magnesiun with vitamin B6 (it's a commun combination we have in stores) it helps relax muscules, including uterus muscules

Melanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Calcium...or lack of. If you are lacking in calcium it can cause this. Eat tums regulary or @ least 2 a day. I had this, and calcium helped

Andria - posted on 02/24/2010

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I take a hot bath before I go to bed and that helps. If I get one while im sleeping I get out of bed and walk it off, it goes away faster then massaging it.

Marie - posted on 02/24/2010

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I had the same problem & my doc said it was lack of calcium. She told me to start taking 2 tums/day & mine stopped.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi! I've had a one with this pregnacy but had stacks with my first. The worst one i experianced was three that rolled like waves one after the other! I found that if i drink water, and do this exersise imediately before going to bed, it has stopped them. Fingers crossed!! Stand facing a wall and reach out with your hands so your palms are on the wall. You should be your arm length from the wall. With your legs at a comfortable distance apart (approx 1 foot) for me, lean into the wall supporting yourself at shoulder height by your hands on wall, keeping your back straight, so you are slowly stretching the back of your calves, and then slowly back up to standing position. Do this between 6 and 10 times. This worked so well for me it's become part of my night routine even in between carrying babies. Hope this helps :)

Megan - posted on 02/23/2010

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yikes im having that problem too :( it's terrible! lucky for me i only have 2 1/2 weeks left (hopefully)!

Colleen - posted on 02/23/2010

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thanks anyway.. im reading what to expect when your expecting and the book says that pregnant girls need zinc in their diet too so i don't see how it could hurt.. but i go back to the doctor in a week so ill ask then!!

Candace - posted on 02/23/2010

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you should ask your doctor because while i´m not sure,i dont think its harmful(since we pregnant women needs an extra supply of minerals and vitamins so we can share with our infant),i myself am eating vitamins and mineral that has 10mg zink in it and these where approved of by my doctor.i know its harmful to men certain amount of zink intake but not sure about pregnant women,sorry dear.

Colleen - posted on 02/19/2010

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my doctor told me the same thing! lol!! so i got magnesium pills.. but i sent my bf to get them and he got calicum, magnesium and zinc pill.. you think that is still safe to take?? i know the calicum is but what about the zinc??

Candace - posted on 02/15/2010

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you´re welcome hope it works for you so you can finally get a whole night sleep :-)

Colleen - posted on 02/15/2010

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well i've been tryin to get more calcium in and it doesn't seem to be helping.. and my boyfriend is kinda getting tired of me wakin him up to rub my legs! lol! he works 2 jobs and me wakin him up all through the night isn't helpin!! but ill defintly try the magnesium thing.. i have a dr. appt tomorrow.. thanks candace!

Candace - posted on 02/15/2010

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i must disagree with some of you when you say its a lack of calcium in my case it is´nt i consumes minimum 1liter milk a day...so how do you explain my cramps

Candace - posted on 02/15/2010

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hi colleen,
i have and had the same problem with my second son,i´m a gym instructor,the reason you get these cramps are because bad blood circulation to the legs since the majority of the blood supply goes directly to the stomach area your body forgets that your legs need more blood than its getting,which due to lack of oxygen make the muscles retract. so i normally gets my husband to massage my muscles that works fine when its the back leg muscles,but when its the calves he needs to press against the sole of my feet upwards so that the muscles get stretched out and that too works but wit this pregnancy i´ve even been getting cramps in my front leg muscles and nothing works so i tried "tiger balm" before i go to bed and that helped a little,so my husband suggested that i try "magnesium tablets-120mg" because it helps to relax contracting muscles but we were unsure of how much to take so i spoke to my pediatrician and pharmacist they agreed that i can take 1-3 tablets a day and it does not affect the baby in anyway also that i can take them even after birth while nursing but probably just 1 or 2 a day.
try that and see if it works for you.(ask your pharmacist which magnesium tablets you can take)

Micaela - posted on 02/14/2010

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I agree with Jennifer and Leanne, you need more calcium. My grandmother who is a retired nurse told me and I notice that when I drink more than 2 cups of milk throughout the day I do not get the leg cramps anymore. Good luck.

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i agree with jennifer... calcium!!! i used to get leg cramps all the time with my first then with my next 3 i slightly get or got a toe cramp and have a cup of choclate milk and im right... my first has really weak bones and i think its from the lack of calcium when i was preg.

Alicia - posted on 02/13/2010

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My prenatal teacher mentioned to help alleviate leg cramps (which are common during later pregnacy) by stretching legs before going to bed, and having banana for the potassium (lack of which makes them worse). Also drinking plenty of water. I've gotten a few myself, but not to that extreme! Hope this helps!

Nikki - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am 38 weeks and when I was around 28,29 weeks I would get aweful charlie horses in my legs at night. my o.b said to eat more apples and bannanas etc. its because the baby is takin alot of viatamins from you. and always remember to take your prenatals. aroun 33 weeks they seemed to just go away on there own and I havent had them since. so hopefully they will go away for you too. also rest up girl! kick your feet up and put a pillow under your feet when your laying down and keep them elevated.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2010

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I had these with both my pregnancy's and what you need is CALCIUM!!!!! I swear in my first pregnancy I couldn't find anything that worked but in my second I found out that if you consume lots of calcium before you go to bed you barely get them at all!!! So What I did was get those chocolate calcium bites called viactive i think? from walgreens and drink a glass of milk with one of those right before going to bed and I swear it was a LIFESAVER!!!!! try it a couple nights and let me know how it goes....

Cherie - posted on 02/13/2010

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oh gosh i remember that with my first one:-} it was AWFUL! i would just rub really hard and try not to scream until it let up.

ME - posted on 02/13/2010

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immediately flex your feet back toward your ankles....that will stop the cramp from progressing/getting worse...but do what these ladies have said too...more fluids and more potassium...both should help...This is totally normal...your friends who never had it happen are VERY lucky!!!

Amy - posted on 02/12/2010

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drink more fluids. My doctor says it is from not getting enough fluids in. Also try propping your feet up on a pillow. My hubby rubs my legs for me. it hurts at first but after sometime it does feel alot better.

Elaine - posted on 02/12/2010

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I started getting them, too, a couple of weeks ago, so I make sure I have at least one banana every day (for the potassium). That seems to have helped - I haven't had any cramps in the past week or so now. I've also heard that the electrolytes in something like Gatorade can help, but haven't tried that yet.



When I do get them, I straighten that leg and flex the foot to stretch the calf, then massage the calf to loosen it up. It hurts like crazy for a minute or so, but usually loosens up the cramp quickly.

Tabatha - posted on 02/12/2010

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i get it all the time put your feet on the cold floor it will stop the pain in the legs it will hurt to get them on the floor but once their it will stop

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