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Calcium-magnesium supplements! And staying hydrated. If you feel one coming on, flex your toes towards your nose and that usually helps to stop them.<br><br>
They really really hurt eh?!!
 

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I haven't had any that fully took hold yet this preg. Yesterday, I just forgot to drink much of anything and I was up most of the night trying to prevent one from biting into my left calf. The only thing I could do was "toes to nose" and try to relax. I kinda knew that if I got up and put weight on that leg, it would just be worse.<br><br>
So yeah, stay hydrated and "toes to nose".
 

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hiya, ddc jumping here(im in august) but i get this with all my pregnancies, do you guys have tonic water? it has quinine in it which is supposd to be good for leg cramps, i drink it coming up to bed time and it seems to work, only get cramp when ive not had it .. hope that helps <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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A cal-mag supplement right before bed. Works like a charm.
 

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I saw you mention the cramps in the weekly chat thread and I answered you there, but I'll add my answer here: are you getting enough salt in your diet? Low sodium diets can also cause cramping, or so I've read/heard. When I get a cramp, I'm usually able to walk it off. Otherwise, I apply heat to the cramping area - I use hot water, a heating pad or rub some tiger balsam on the offending spot (not sure if it's ok during pg, but sometimes I just can't help myself). I hope you can get on top of these cramps. They can be really vicious.
 

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A leg massage by hubby after I lay down helps with both the restless leg stuff and the tendancy to get leg cramps.<br>
Any suggestions for cramps in the hip flexor muscles? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I can't even quite figure out what to do to stretch them out again.
 

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1) stretch your calves out whenever you think of it during the day.<br>
2) stretch your calves before bedtime.<br>
3) letting a hot shower knead your calf muscle may help.<br>
4) I've been noticing that I don't get them when I eat a banana during the day (potassium).<br>
5) If you feel the cramp coming on, trying the flexing trick.<br>
6) if it becomes clear that the cramp is inevitable, get out of bed, and give your calves a strong stretch - lean forward onto your bed/mattress, with your legs straight and 1-2 feet away from the bed.
 

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I've heard calcium & magnesium supplements help.<br><br>
Also, stay hydrated. I keep a glass of water on the nightstand, and whenever I get up to pee in the middle of the night, I drink the water. I haven't had any serious cramps since I started drinking more throughout the night and first thing in the morning.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I haven't had any that fully took hold yet this preg. Yesterday, I just forgot to drink much of anything and I was up most of the night trying to prevent one from biting into my left calf. The only thing I could do was "toes to nose" and try to relax. I kinda knew that if I got up and put weight on that leg, it would just be worse.<br><br>
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Thank you, thank you for this advise....My impulse is to point my toes which leads to an awful charlie horse. Last night I flexed my toes to my nose and felt much better!
 
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