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<p>Does anyone else suffer from leg cramps at night.  I have them on/off when not preggo, especially when I do a lot of cycling but during both of my two previous pregnancies they were vicious, esp in the 3rd tri.  They have started up again and I'm just exhausted this morning from all the tossing/turning and then getting up and walking around.  I've never been given any great suggestions to alleviate them.  I tried accupuncture but it wasn't of much help.</p>
 

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<p>Not sure if this is what you're talking about, but I have bad hip pains that sometimes bring on leg cramps at night.  It's no fun at all.  I've never really had the situation where I stretch my legs at night and it *hurts* before, but I do now.  My calves seem to think I'm trying to kill them in my sleep.</p>
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<p>Nothing I've tried has completely fixed the problem, but a couple things have helped (a little - but even 'a little' buys me more sleep...).  I stretch right before bed, put a heating pad under my hips, and a pillow between my legs, keeping knees and ankles separate and parallel.  Those three things have made a big difference for me, and the pain is waking me less often.  Still, any time I flex my feet, I feel my calves cramp.  They're completely fine during the day, so I'm not quite sure why this is happening at night.  Maybe it's because I usually sleep on my stomach or back, and in sleeping on my side, it's usually a semi-fetal position - which means my legs are bent, not straight, all night long.</p>
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<p>On the plus side, the cats are keeping me on my side at night, these days... especially now that I've broken out the heating pad.  They plaster themselves against me, basically freezing me in place. </p>
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<p>Before I ramble too long... is this anything like what you're experiencing?  Not at all?  :)</p>
 

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luckily not so far *fingers crossed* but i got them a lot when i was pregnant with my ds cameron and dd caitlin
 

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<p>I don't have the hip pain but sounds like you are having the same calf pain.  I def. get it when I stretch my calves.  Maybe I will try the heating pad.  I can almost deal with the pain in my calves but the only way to get it away is to get up and sometimes be in a sitting position with my feet on the floor or walk around and then I'm wide awake.  I'll have to hunt in my bathroom closet as that's usually where the heating pad lives.</p>
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<p>Not sure if this is what you're talking about, but I have bad hip pains that sometimes bring on leg cramps at night.  It's no fun at all.  I've never really had the situation where I stretch my legs at night and it *hurts* before, but I do now.  My calves seem to think I'm trying to kill them in my sleep. </p>
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<p>Yep I've had them off and on throughout my life and they get horrible in pregnancy.</p>
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<p>A few things I've found that help, taking lots of calcium (I take Standard Process Calcium Lactate, you want a good quality one, some don't absorb well at all), some people also need magnesium/potassium to help with muscle cramps.</p>
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<p>For more immediate relief ..... apple cider vinegar (pardon the smell) rubbed or sprayed directly on a cramp will ease it almost immediately!!  Majorily helpful, also 'warming' arthritis rubs can sometimes stop them while the cramp is helping plus relax/soothe sore muscles after too.  I learned the Apple Cider Vinegar (has to be this type, white vinegar or wine vinegars won't work) trick from my Dad who also suffered from muscle cramps all his life.</p>
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<p>Stretching in the opposite direction of the muscle that is pulling can help, but often for me as soon as I relax it starts again :(.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks!  I'm in luck then.  I just received my mail ordered vitamins which include a Cal/Mag (thought it was coral calcium) supplement and a huge bottle of Bragg's ACV.  I think I'll try the Cal/Mag first.  I saw it suggested as a supplement on a natural pregnancy web site.  I'll have to try the ACV in small quantities at first.  I think DH may banish me if I stink out the bedroom - LOL<br><br>
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<p>A few things I've found that help, taking lots of calcium (I take Standard Process Calcium Lactate, you want a good quality one, some don't absorb well at all), some people also need magnesium/potassium to help with muscle cramps.</p>
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<p>For more immediate relief ..... apple cider vinegar (pardon the smell) rubbed or sprayed directly on a cramp will ease it almost immediately!! </p>
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<p>Great!  I'm hoping the Cal/Mag does the trick.  I'll have to take it right before bed as I really am working hard on my iron levels and the midwife said to space out calcium supplements from my iron supplements or any meals high in iron.  I usually do my best to get a lot of natural iron at dinner.  Before bed I'll do yogurt and other dairy items.</p>
 

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<p>Before bed is the best time to take it.  It will also help you sleep better.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163169.php" target="_blank">http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163169.php</a></p>
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<p>Okay, there is some weird product placement going on at that link.. but if you google calcium magnesium sleep there is alot of stuff :)</p>
 

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<p>Not this pregnancy, but in previous pregnancies I did. Tends to happen after I've exercised a lot and then accidentally stretch in the middle of the night by pointing my toes. Nowadays I can kind of tell when my leg wants to cramp up. I do stretches on the calf muscles and what really helps is to flex my foot up (so foot is at a 90 degree angle with leg) and that really stops the cramps. I do take a lot of calcium and magnesium supplements too.</p>
 

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<p>I haven't had them yet this pregnancy but a liquid cal/mag supplement before bed has always been my lifesaver when it comes to leg cramps.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>L&K'smommie</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283022/nighttime-leg-cramps#post_16088617"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I haven't had them yet this pregnancy but a liquid cal/mag supplement before bed has always been my lifesaver when it comes to leg cramps.</p>
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<p>I also recommend cal/mag for those having leg cramps (without it being related to a chronic condition). Works VERY well!! Just make sure you take it at night, about an hour before bed, and with a full glass of water. :) It won't hurt you if you don't, it just helps it work more effectively.</p>
 

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<p>Lots of water and cal/mag has always helped me the best as well. No one really knows why this happens, but recently I have been thinking that in my case, because it mostly happens when I have been working all day, and my legs are swollen and sore and I am dehydrated (always after a shift!) I really think it's about fluid balances intracellular vs extracellular as well as intravascular vs extravascular and while all that fluid shifting is going on the electrolytes, if they are on the low side, can cause this muscle cramping. There are a million other reasons I'm sure, but for me, I think that's what's happening.</p>
 

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<p>I just got these last night. Every time I stretched in bed big cramp. I had to loosen up before it was into the ultra painful spasm cramp stage. :(</p>
 

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<p>Oh, that drives me nuts! Because you wake up while stretching and realize just as the pain is coming on, "Damn it, I shouldn't have done that!," but you can't help it because you start the stretch while you're still asleep. It's such a helpless feeling to have that happen over and over again during the night.  I hope you don't have to experience it again.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gummibears</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283022/nighttime-leg-cramps#post_16108514"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I just got these last night. Every time I stretched in bed big cramp. I had to loosen up before it was into the ultra painful spasm cramp stage. :(</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>geekgolightly</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283022/nighttime-leg-cramps#post_16108547"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Oh, that drives me nuts! Because you wake up while stretching and realize just as the pain is coming on, "Damn it, I shouldn't have done that!," but you can't help it because you start the stretch while you're still asleep. It's such a helpless feeling to have that happen over and over again during the night.  I hope you don't have to experience it again.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gummibears</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283022/nighttime-leg-cramps#post_16108514"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I just got these last night. Every time I stretched in bed big cramp. I had to loosen up before it was into the ultra painful spasm cramp stage. :(</p>
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So far it was just that one random night. A fluke, maybe. I can only hope because let me tell you that stretch felt amazing til the cramp kicked in, LOL</p>
 

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<p>I get them when my lab values for magnesium and vitamin D are low.  I am glad my doctor figured it out, because the pain was keeping me up at night.  <img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif"></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bluebackpacks</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283022/nighttime-leg-cramps#post_16112490"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I get them when my lab values for magnesium and vitamin D are low.  I am glad my doctor figured it out, because the pain was keeping me up at night.  <img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif"></p>
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<br><br><p>Really? That's kinda interesting and I'm going to have to make a note of my diet and when/if this happens again change it accordingly.</p>
 
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