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Hello -<br>
Does anyone know a way to cure leg cramps at night? I've been getting them a lot - 5-6 times a night - where my foot moves involuntarily and I get very bad in my leg. I think it's fairly normal during pregnancy, just don't know what to do to stop it.<br>
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Jodi
 

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Bananas & Milk, I don't like eating them because my lips go numb but when-ever I start getting charlie horses I start munching them like crazy. Banana's mixed in Ice cream is my fav! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"><br><br>
I've heard/read its a lack of potassium and calcium..so its lotsa bananas and milk over here. And it really does seem to help.
 

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Easier said than done, but the second you feel the cramp try stretching your leg straight out and flexing your toes back as far as possible. I've been able to avoid getting any bad ones using this technique!
 

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I second that, but I don't wait till I get one I just prevent them by eating a banana every day and I drink one or two cups of milk every day. When I do this I don't get any.
 

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Flora makes a great Cal/Mag liquid supplement that tastes like fruit juice. Take a dose at night and you won't suffer any more!<br><br>
It will also help to not point your toes...and to pull them up toward you when you do get a cramp. But there is a point of no return if you can't do it fast enough! LOL I feel for you...I've had them badly in the past.
 

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I take lots of calcium/magnesium at night before bed and it seems to help. Iron also helps supposedly, but possibly more with the restless leg. I haven't ended up with much for the cramping and the RLS hasn't been bad all 3rd tri but for a few episodes, and point/stretch alternating def relieves it for me (more the stretch back towards my head than the point though).<br><br>
My yoga instructor who was a massage therapist also showed us this calf-squeeze move that basically you cup your hands together under your calf and with the heels of your hands squeeze all up and down the muscle as hard as you can. It helps more than the stretching but it's easier to have DH do it at this point!
 

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DDC crashing to say that liquid calcium-magnesium, taken before bed, helped me with this. If I forgot, I could feel my legs getting "twitchy" in the evenings.
 
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