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I remember these horrible <span>wake-me-up-screaming</span> leg cramps w/dd! They are BACK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and they totally blow!!!<br><br>
But, I'm also having a constant leg cramp in my right calf. It is the worst when I first wake up, or have been sitting for a long period of time! But it's always there. I started reading about it, and it could be a sign of a blood clot. Am I over reacting? should I call M/W?<br><br>
anyone else having leg cramps??
 

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Leg cramps are very common during pregnancy. Ive had them with all mine....usually a little extra magnesium, pottasium and calcium in my diet helps.<br><br>
The ones that I wake up with in the middle of the night are usually due to me stretching and pointing my toes when I stretch....Ive noticed that if I dont point my toes during a stretch, I dont get the cramp.
 

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In my calfs, yeah....but they got better when I changed my diet. Sometimes even just getting out of bed or off the couch was nothing but a big pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Leg cramps. Yep. Add them to cramps in my toes, arches of my feet, the side of my butt....oh, what fun! And to add to that fun, they seem to like to pop up while DTD. Yay, me.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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A good calcium/magnesium supplement can really help with leg cramps. Hope you're feeling better soon - I get them occasionally, too (more often when pregnant) and I hate them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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thanks! I'm glad I asked you mama's first before calling into my midwife! I won't worry about the blood clot issue!!! I stayed awake last night thinking of what it could be.<br>
The leg cramps are annoying.. but not too bad! I'll try your suggestions lilgsmommy, and see if they improve.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A good calcium/magnesium supplement can really help with leg cramps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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I agree. cramping is a sign of cal/mag deficiency. Also, the restless leg thing usually goes away if you get enough exercise and not too much sugar.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I had my first leg cramp last week-shot me out of bed in the middle of a weird dream. I thought my leg was cut off or something! Yikes! Sorry to hear of those mama's with constant cramps, I had them alot growing up and eating bananas daily helped me then. I read that you should stretch out your calf, and if that brings at least some relief you can follow up with heat pad and massage (not around your ankle of course), but if stretching doesn't relieve the pain then don't massage or heat it cause it might be a blood clot. But more than likely it's leg cramps. Or, as I like to call it 'round ligament pain'. Every ache, cramp, bloat whatever seemed to be round ligament related with dd!
 

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I got my first leg cramp this morning, so I'm joining this club. My extremities also get numb when I sit/drive for too long. I downed 2 cups of milk and a banana after I read this thread. They were pretty bad, I couldn't get out of bed. I'm going to get a bunch of bananas from the market in a little bit here.<br><br>
So, tell me, are the leg cramps similar in intensity to labor pains? I always want to know in advance what labor pains will feel like. The only pains I've ever experienced are migraines, and maybe a couple of times I got menstrual cramps, but I don't cramp up much. The leg cramps were pretty bad, are they like early labor pains or the later ones?
 

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I think leg cramps are alot worse than early labor pains. I had an epidural with dd, so I can't tell you what birthing feels like, but leg cramps are much worse in my book! And, you don't get the excited/nervous adrenaline feeling that follows contractions because you realize the baby is on the way! Leg cramps just suck!
 

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uhmm.. interesting! i never made the connection between the leg cramps + what labor feels like! I never felt a contraction w/dd, (had an emergency c/s @ 37 weeks).<br>
anyone else wanna compare?
 

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I haven't experienced labour yet but YEOWCH! the leg cramps hurt!<br><br>
I started eating lots of bananas and stretching out my calves every day and I went for a massage as well which really really helped.<br><br>
They've gone from being tight and crampy all day to being pretty close to normal. I jsut have to remember not to point when I stretch!
 

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Eat Banana's it really does help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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don't know ab. the constant, low grade cramping - i've only had the shrieking middle of the night kind and/ or painful with movement kind- maybe worth a call to the mw cause I'm told DVT can be asymptomatic, too, BUT it is unlikely in active pple who have no recent trauma- i certainly don't want to induce panic- i'm just a little neurotic....<br><br>
I'd like to make a plug for Smartwater - I figured it to be ust a condescending marketing ploy, and perhaps it is that too - but it really did help with the cramps. If you find for whatever reason getting extra magnesium, calcium and potassium (ie bannanas can increase constitpation - bad bad bad in my case) in your diet isn't convenient/effective etc, it's a handy way to get electrolytes without all the sugar of say, gatorade (which i think tastes crappy anyway). I found myself drinking more water, too, as it's more expensive than some other generic filtered waters and wanted to make sure I didn't waste it, which is good since I find it hard to remember/ motivate myself to get the H2O I should be drinking. Of course, there are many other options for food sources of these minerals, too.
 

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OK, the thing is leg cramps are NOTHING like labor pains. I just want to throw that out there right now before anyone starts to freak out. If leg cramps felt like contractions I'd be <i>all</i> about the drugs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> No, seriously, while labor does eventually bring pain, it is nothing like the sudden Oh sh*t pain of the leg cramp. With labor, you start slow and build up and your body keeps pace with you by releasing those lovely (and I mean lovely) endorphins so you can cope. So, no need to add that one to the list of anxieties about labor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Off to get some calcium/mag supplements. Thanks for the smartwater tip... I'll have to take a look!
 

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Oh GOD YES!!! Wake your husband up punching hime & screaming for him to fix it cramps!!! Then he wants to STRETCH it! I don't want to stretch it. I don't want to do anything that will make it more angry with me!!!!
 
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