I've had Restless Legs Syndrome off and on since I was, I don't know, 5 years old. Last year I finally found a foolproof remedy -- Hyland's Leg Cramp Tablets with Quinine. They work! Two before bedtime and no horrible twitching.
Then I got pregnant and stopped taking the tablets. The RLS went away for a couple of months. Now it's back with a vengeance. The minute I lay down, my legs start to twitch. I'm at work right now and feeling "restless." It's driving me mad. I can't sleep--although it's not just the RLS; I also have mild SPD, relentless heartburn, and a co-sleeping 3-year-old who can't sleep unless her toenails are embedded into the small of my back.
Anyway. Can I take the Hyland's tablets at 32 weeks? I googled "quinine" and "pregnancy" and discovered that it was a Class X drug that can cause birth defects and premature labor. Not good. But I think that these studies were referring to high doses of quinine, for people with malaria. Is "homeopathic" quinine the same? Here's the ingredients from the Hyland's bottle:
Ingredients: Cinchona officinalis 3X, HPUs (Quinine); Viscum album 3X, HPUs; Gnaphalium polycephalum 3X, HPUs; Rhus toxicodendron 6X, HPUs; Acontium Napellus 6X, HPUs; Ledum palustre 6X, HPUs; Magnesia phosphorica 6X, HPUs in a base of lactose, NF.
I know nothing about any of that stuff, I just know they work. Can anyone offer any guidance here? My OB, I'm sure, wouldn't have a clue.