Not in for ddc... but for me I get them while sleeping. The first thing I have to do when I wake up is flex my calves (move your feet upward) and then I don't get them when I get up. If I move my feet any other way when I wake up I get horrible cramps. Just letting you know what has worked for me...
I never really had too much of a problem with these in previous pg's. Oh well, each one brings something new and interesting to the table, I suppose. :
)O( Far-away Mama to: Pooka (16)...Alex (14)...Mickie-Lamb (13)...Solo Mama to: Punkin' Seed (8)...Tootsie Pop (6)...Lil' Man (3) and a due February 2012
Anyway, I asked my midwife about it today at my appointment, and she said it could be a calcium deficiency. I'm not a milk drinker and I hate yogurt, so she suggested eating almonds, more cheese, and calcium-fortified orange juice. We'll see if it works!
Also, when you stretch, NEVER point your toes. Stretch but making sure your toes are pulled as far upward (toward your head) as possible. Also, when you feel a cramp coming on, pull your toes up as much as possible. It will stretch out the calf muscles and prevent the cramp. After a cramp, walk bare footed on a hard cold floor for a few minutes. It makes it all feel so much better.
Mostly, for me, if I up my potassium and calcium I don't have them any more.
they are placed there for the amusement of those who like to point them out.
In my experience working with many pregnant women with this problem magnesium is often the culprit. There is a wonderful product called "Mama Calm" a powder that will increase your magnesium levels thereby increasing calcium absorption as well (great for your bones too!). Be careful not to overdo it though as high levels of mg can cause diarrhea.
Many mamas have also reported to me that nettle tea works wonders for the night-time cramps.
Just soem thoughts, hope it helps! *wanders back to the TTC forums*
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another vote for a calcium/mag supplement. My midwife swears by it,and I have defiantly noticed a difference since starting it.
Oh and to the eating banana and getting constipated - are you eating them half riped, I notice alot of people up here do that. I eat up to two bananas a day and never had that problem I make sure they are ripe. But everybody is different
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So, I hear through the grapevine that calcium/magnesium/potassium helps...? Ok; I just started taking my vitamins again (I lost them when I moved and just found them after two weeks without); let's see what becomes of this now! Be gone leg cramps!!
Adding more bioavailable iron to my diet - both from food and supplements - turned off the leg cramps AND the restless leg that was bugging me.
It can't hurt to try.