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January 4th, 2013, 09:50 PM
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Are leg cramps a pregnancy thing? I've only ever had one or two like this my whole life. Last night I had a cramp so bad in the left side of my left calf that I wasn't sure what to do. I was sitting on the couch and it came out of nowhere. I could barely move it and I couldn't walk. I was rubbing it and the muscles there were so hard. It was crazy. It finally went away after about five minutes maybe? (Though it felt like a lot longer!) And then when I went to bed I got one in the back of my right calf. Same thing. But I think that time I had tried to stretch my legs out. My right calf feels super tight again now. Not cramping, but it feels like it could start any second. I just wasn't sure if that was a pregnancy thing or if I did something in my Zumba class yesterday. Or if maybe I was just dehydrated or something. I just haven't really had that happen before (and not that intense when I did have it), so I wasn't sure if it could be pregnancy related. I kind of hope not... Because it was pretty awful!
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January 4th, 2013, 10:31 PM
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It's called a Charlie horse and I get them badly while pregnant.
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January 4th, 2013, 10:37 PM
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Booo for it being pregnancy related! I call them Charlie horses too, but didn't in my post bc when I told my husband last night that I had a Charlie horse he looked at me like I was nuts. So I wasn't sure if maybe it was just a southern thing to call them that? Haha. He's from Missouri and I'm from Alabama and we have different names for things sometimes! Lol.
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January 4th, 2013, 10:44 PM
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nope and I'm in CA. They suck so bad. I put my leg out as far as I can stretch up my toes to the sky. And massage the back of my leg. I use to get them as a kid too. But nothing worse than my pregnancy ones.
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January 4th, 2013, 10:47 PM
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Yes definitely! If you have them often it's a good idea to get more potassium! Bananas. White bean, raw spinach, baked potatoes with skin,salmon, yogurt, etc ! I had them awful in my second pregnancy it got much better after I started eating more of this stuff!
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January 5th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Yeah, I've always heard potassium helps. I however hate bananas. So, I'm going to have to go for some of those other things!

Good to know I'm not really crazy for calling it a Charlie horse. My husband just needs to learn a few things! Haha.
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January 5th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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Bananas are just a more common thing but I think they are actually like tenth or twelfth on the most potassium rich! Jut google it! I found a few lists !
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January 5th, 2013, 02:16 PM
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Ok good to know. Thanks! I will look it up!
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