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February 15th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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Is anyone else getting a ton of these at night? I dont think I have gone through a night without one but usually its several. I feel like everytime I switch positions to sleep I get one. Its awful. Some I can stretch out others I need to stand up out of bed and walk a little to get them to go away. Hurt like crazy too
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February 15th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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ME!! I had so many last night, it was horrible. They last forever too! People kept telling me to eat bananas, but I HATE bananas and had several people who said bananas never worked for them. But one girl said Gatorade helped and another said pickles. I would think that maybe it has something to do with the sodium? Because I'm not sure what else those two things have in common!
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February 15th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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I haven't yet, but I got them ALL THE TIME in my previous pregnancies, so I'm just waiting for them to show up this time around.
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February 15th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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I had my first one last night, I got them all the time when I was pregnant with DS and also as a teenager I would get them all the time when AF would arrive. It was weird because I wouldn't get period cramps, i would get Charlie horses lol weird! I'm so glad you posted about this. I'm sure they will start coming more often now.
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February 15th, 2013, 05:07 PM
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I haven't gotten a ton of them yet but the ones I do get are killer. The other night I had one that was in my foot and calf.
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February 15th, 2013, 07:00 PM
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I've had the worst ones I've ever felt in my life while pregnant and they have been going on since 10-12ish weeks. Started out mild but then they got really bad. I have gotten many of them before when I played soccer but these are unlike anything I've ever felt. Knock on wood I haven't had a really bad one in a couple of weeks but my feet cramp up daily...almost hourly. Those aren't as bad as the ones in my legs but still uncomfortable and I can't walk for a few minutes.
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February 15th, 2013, 08:23 PM
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They are awful. Potassium added in your diet would probably make themes frequent.
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February 15th, 2013, 10:02 PM
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I spoke too soon ... I had a really long lasting one tonight. My leg is still sore.
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February 15th, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Me! Feels like being kicked in the calf by a mule!
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February 16th, 2013, 05:38 AM
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I am getting cramps in the toes that go into the ankle. I always thought that potassium and fluid was the cure. Not sure though.
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February 18th, 2013, 10:43 AM
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Ahh I have been getting them every now and then it seems like its always in the same spot tho, my left calf... they hurt so bad!
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February 18th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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I had these when I was pregnant. The second you feel one coming on, point your toes upward. Mine would automatically go away before they even started. Worked miracles . Hope this helps!
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February 18th, 2013, 11:08 AM
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I haven't had them bad with this one yet, but I got them in previous pregnancies. Is it a potassium deficiency or a calcium/magnesium deficiency? I've heard both so I've been eating bananas & big glasses of milk so I don't get them this time.
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February 18th, 2013, 11:22 AM
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I've always gotten them! Pregnant or not, but thankfully I have not gotten any while sleeping. They are awful though and sometimes just when you think you've got it worked out, it come back!
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February 18th, 2013, 08:11 PM
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I get them all the time. I started by adding calcium+magnesium and vitamin d. When that didn't work, I added potassium. It is starting to help so I hope the problem is solved. I was getting them so bad, my feet wouldn't relax and I started getting them in my hand too.
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February 19th, 2013, 02:56 AM
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My feet cramp up several times a day. I've heard that potassium plus the calcium and magnesium help
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February 19th, 2013, 07:44 AM
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Charlie horses in any part of the body are caused by a potassium deficiencies thats why you should eat bananas because they are so high in them. Calcium and magnesium really dont help. If you dont like bananas find something else to eat thats high in potassium or take a supplement. And they will go away. If you always keep a proper amount of potassium in your diet you wont get them
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February 19th, 2013, 08:05 AM
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Also when you get them.. stretch your toes up instead of out
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February 19th, 2013, 02:21 PM
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Top 10 Foods Highest in Potassium

If you dont like bananas you can try eating some of these other foods high in potassium
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