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are you getting leg/foot cramps?

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#1 Tracey14

Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

hello ladies :-)

1st pregancy and I have heard from friends that some experienced leg and foot cramps that were pretty intense. I have started having issues in my right foot- sort of feels swollen (doesnt really look swollen) and it is very difficult to walk in it when it gets this way. Reminds me of my years in Retail when I had to walk on hard floors for hours. That isnt the case any more as I sit for most of my days.

Does anyone have any helpful hints on dealing with this kind of thing?

Thanks so much

#2 jdevine

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

Try stretching your calves each night before bed. Lie down on your back with one leg bent and other up in the air. Use a towel to pull your foot towards you and hold for 10 secs, 3 times on each leg. Doing this really helped minimise the cramps I got and I was someone who occaisionally got cramps pre pregnancy. Also make sure you drink plenty of water and light exercise. Magnesium can also help.

#3 blackmetallic

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:16 PM

Not pregnant, came here from the 'we are discussing', but I had leg cramps when I was pregnant, one was so bad it was still sore 2 days later. I had my leg ultrasounded, as clots are a possibility in pregnancy (thankfully there were none.)
Your feet can get swollen in the later months, but if you are worried, please go and see your doctor!

#4 HurryUpAlready

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

Another one who came in via "We are discussing...", so sorry for butting in.

At one point in my pregnancy (2nd-3rd trimester) I had terrible calf / foot cramps at night. I found that staminade helped. I'd put a teaspoon in a schooner of water, have a few mouthfuls as I was going to bed then sip at it during the night each time I woke up (usually trying to roll over!).

It helped me, might work for you too!!

#5 Koobie83

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

I had these cramps last week. I had them in my left foot and left forearm and hand.  My GP suggested i may be low in Magnesium and organised a blood test for me. She also told me that Elevit has 100mg of Magnesium so I should check my pre-natal to see how much magnesium it has. It only had 20mg. So I took my husband's magnesium dissolvable tablet (300mg) and felt better a bit. Went and had the blood test and bought some pumpkin seeds and almonds to help boost my magnesium naturally. The blood test came back saying I was on the lower side of normal - which maybe indicated it was low before I had the big boost from the dissolvable tablet. Since having the magnesium in the pumpkin seeds and almonds I feel SO much better.

Try magnesium or get your doctor to run a blood test to check your calcium and Vitamin D too. But the magnesium definitely helped me.

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