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August 8th, 2014, 07:27 AM
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So, the past couple of days, my calves have been feeling a little on the tight side. I don't know if they're swollen or what.

Well, last night, I was rolling over in bed and I got a real bad Charlie horse type feeling in my right calve. It hurt pretty bad. Now today, it's kind of sore there. I still feel just kind of tight all over. I don't know how else to describe it. I mean it's not really bad, but it's noticeable to me.

Wondering if I should just cut back on salt, and drink lots of water and rest with my legs up. I don't know. But the Charlie horse on top of everything else is what I was mostly wondering about.

Could my potassium be low? I don't know.
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August 8th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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What about some stretching before bed? Maybe that could help.
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August 8th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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No joke, I wake up with leg cramps multiple times per night! I've tried bananas/spinach, decreasing salt, more water, legs up all day at work... I think it's just a fact of life for me. Maybe you too! !
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August 8th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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I used to get them soooo bad with one of my daughters I'm so sorry, because I KNOW that is so miserable for you guys There was nothing I could do either, but after I had her, they went away immediately and I never experienced it like that again!

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August 8th, 2014, 08:27 AM
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I had horrible leg and foot cramps when I was pregnant with DD1. I've noticed some "tightening" like you describe so far this time around, but it's mostly in my right calf and I think it has more to do with my work at this point (I use a foot pedal for 8 hours a day).

I try to drink a lot of water, eat spinach (can't eat bananas) and stretch during the day. If it gets worse I'll probably ask my OB what else I can do.

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August 8th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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I wouldn't do anything about salt intake without consulting your OB/Midwife. Try eating some bananas, I've read that the sore muscles can be caused due to a lack of potassium.
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August 8th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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I find calcium pills and lots of water

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August 8th, 2014, 10:07 AM
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Muscle cramps are due to a need for either calcium, magnesium or potassium. Up your intake of foods with that in them, and if that doesn't work, try supplements. I have been taking magnesium and eating more bananas when I notice my calves getting tight and so far haven't had any charlie horses. I used to get them ALL THE TIME in high school from running track while I was still growing, and figuring out what I needed really, really helped. Good luck!
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August 8th, 2014, 11:23 AM
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August 8th, 2014, 12:08 PM
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I think leg cramps are fairly common with pregnancy. I get them in my toes a lot when I'm pregnant. I don't really know what makes it better. I'd try potassium, maybe have a couple bananas a week or something? I'm not very knowledgeable about this.

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August 8th, 2014, 10:01 PM
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The Charley horses can also be causes by stretching your leg when your toes are pointed away from you instead of up toward your head. When you get them, flexing your toes toward your head and then walking around can make them go away faster and prevent soreness the next day.
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August 12th, 2014, 09:35 AM
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^^DITTO, if you get one, do not point your toes, that exacerbates the pain! Flex your feet up towards you, it helps almost instantly! I get them from time to time even when not pregnant, but more so when pregnant. I try to eat a banana a day or every other, but I don't always remember
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