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#1 of 12 Old 06-26-2006, 04:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Lately I've had the most awful leg cramps at night or when I first wake up. This morning was the worst. It would start to feel better and I could feel the calf muscle still contracting and releasing. Oh, my, how painful! I haven't had any like these since my first baby. I didn't have any for the second one. I am flexing my foot during a cramp, but I can't seem to recall what to do about prevention.

I'm finding that I am also much more achey in general at night. It's hard to walk from the bed to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Isn't there a supplement that is good for cramps? I just can't recall what I've already heard. Any help would be great!
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Yes there is a supplement! I was having the same issues and my midwife recommended taking a calcium/magnesium combo. I take this one (two tablets per day) and it has really helped!
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I agree on upping the calcium...and potassium! I was having horrid calf spasms too (ones that were deforming my toes during an "attack" because they went right into my feet). I started with a banana a day and some extra dairy and it made a HUGE difference. I still get a few here and there but I'm usually able to stretch them out before they get too bad.
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Mine are starting too. I had to up my calcium magnesium dose.
The worst part was having those DURING labor!!!!
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RRL tea and nettle tea are also good at preventing leg cramps...
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Ditto on the cal/mag.

Re: during labour, I haven't had a chance to try it yet for effectiveness, but in my package from the midwives clinic was a recipe for "Labourade" which involves equal parts honey and lemon juice (I think 1/3 cup each), a little bit of baking soda (1 tsp), enough water to make 2 litres (8 cups) and then you add the contents of a cal/mag supplement. You can drink it as a liquid or freeze it as pops.

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Ditto on the cal/mag.

Re: during labour, I haven't had a chance to try it yet for effectiveness, but in my package from the midwives clinic was a recipe for "Labourade" which involves equal parts honey and lemon juice (I think 1/3 cup each), a little bit of baking soda (1 tsp), enough water to make 2 litres (8 cups) and then you add the contents of a cal/mag supplement. You can drink it as a liquid or freeze it as pops.
Thanks for that recipe! I think the problem I had was that I was drinking only water - I was really low in sugar and of course calcium, which I have not been taking at all during my first pregnancy.
When I was pushing and started to have cramps in my calfs - that really freaked me out and made everything so much worse!! I would have pushed him out much faster if I did not have to "let go" to stop the cramp from going futher! I knew if I would cramp all the way I'd end up in hospital because calf cramps are VERY painful.
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Ditto on the calc/mag. I was getting them every night until I started taking those and it's helped tremendously with my swelling. I haven't had a cramp in weeks!
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I just finished my evening cocktail of RRL/nettle tea (iced) and two cal-mag caps. I started this a few weeks ago when I was having bad cramping, after the wonderful mamas here made some suggestions Well, it worked so well I forgot to keep it up, and the cramps returned over the past couple of days. So more tea for me! Plus it's yummmmmy.
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I've been slacking in the RRL tea department. I need to get back on the wagon with the tea! Thanks, ladies! You are all so supportive. Never knew how much I could use the support of a DDC before, even though this is my third baby.
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oh, I'm headed for the calcium right now....I've been waking up every morning to horrible leg cramps, usually in both legs- OUCH
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I wanted to share an easy recommendation from my midwife for the cal/mag issue. She suggested that before I try another supplement (gosh, I'm taking so much stuff...lol) that I try just the magnesium. She suggested that I take a bath in epsom salts before bed to absorb some magnesium that way.

I think I may have been a little dehydrated. I focused more on water consumption and haven't had a cramp yet. I also took my prenatal at bedtime. I have to seperate out all my meds/supplements anyway (thyroid, iron, prenatals, etc) because of interference with absorption. So a hot bath and a vitamin before bed, along with increased water during the day helped a lot.
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