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Leg cramps anyone? I hadn't been having any, but this past week I am. I do yoga/pilates daily and also stretch my calves before bed. But I've waking up with them. I know I got them with ds, but can't recall when they started. My mw had told me to keep an eye out if I start getting them regularly. Any reason for her wanting me to watch this?
 

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I've got 'em here, too. And, I've been eating more potassium and calcium and magnesium than ever in my life.<br><br>
Something odd I noticed is that for some strange reason, just as I'm waking up, my body stretches involuntarily so that my legs are totally straight, and my feet point out and downward. If I catch myself in time, I can stop my feet from doing that. If not, just my feet pointing out and sort of downward can cause a crippling leg cramp. This AM I had to quickly loop my other leg around my right foot and pull my foot back (I can't make my foot go back using my foot muscles, if this makes any rambly sense whatsoever- I always have to manually pull it back, or use my leg to push it back).<br><br>
Just a part of the third trimester, I think. Up the water intake, up the minerals, and be aware of what your body is doing. If you start to feel a sudden, horrible pain or see swelling or a bruising on your leg, I would contact your care provider immediately, but don't worry about regular leg cramps too much (other than OUCH! I can totally sympathize).<br><br>
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I thought it was normal 3rd trimester stuff as well. I've taken to adding a banana to my cereal or just eating one every day but that's when I noticed the calf cramping. Sometimes I need to grab my toes too. With ds I would wake up in total pain with my calf already locked in a cramp and I would need to massage my leg for the longest time, I just could not move it. Hopefully I don't get those this time around.
 

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Doh! I just realized you asked <b>why</b> she would want you to pay attention. I'm not sure how much the frequency of the cramps plays into a diagnosis, but I do know that DVT (deep vein thrombosis) can be a potential pregnancy side effect for <i>some</i> women. I do know that the signs and symptoms are a bruising or red swelling of the area, extreme tenderness/pain.<br><br>
It sounds like you're pretty mobile, though, which is a great way to avoid DVT if you were at a risk for it to begin with.<br><br>
Clara
 

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Something odd I noticed is that for some strange reason, just as I'm waking up, my body stretches involuntarily so that my legs are totally straight, and my feet point out and downward. If I catch myself in time, I can stop my feet from doing that. If not, just my feet pointing out and sort of downward can cause a crippling leg cramp.<br><br>
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Oh, gosh, me too exactly! I had a cramp like that so bad the other day I swear it pulled the muscle in my calf and it hurt all day for two days straight, it was strange. I find that stretching can cause those really intense cramps too, so I always have to watch the position of my calf and foot. It sucks! LOL!!!
 
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