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lesleynka's picture
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Restless legs

I just got my first case of restless legs tonight.

What is it that I can take to help with it? I know it ifs in a previous post, but I can't find it.

Thanks ladies!

gaidinsgirl's picture
Joined: 08/28/06
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I was going to post this last night. I have no idea how to help. I have it so bad every single evening and have for weeks. I did with dd and ds too. It makes me absolutely crazy. I am going to talk to my Dr about it tomorrow.

_Jessicah_'s picture
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Liquid calcium magnesium or something along those lines....lol

HaganBaby's picture
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Someone told me to increase my intake of bananas.

I've had RLS for years and the pregnancy has made it so much worse. Dh sleeps on the couch cause he can't handle the constant moving and kicking.

gaidinsgirl's picture
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mine is fine when I am in bed/sleeping. Mine gets bad in the evening when I am sitting on the couch/chair trying to get some work done on the computer. It drives me insane.

I wish I could have bananas to help, but that would destroy my blood sugar numbers.

Jenn0113's picture
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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

Liquid calcium magnesium or something along those lines....lol

This was what was posted before. I hope it helps you, I can't imagine that feeling.

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It doesn't even have to be liquid... you can take vitamin supplements of calcium and magnesium. The extra potassium in bananas can't hurt either. Hope it helps! Let us know if it does!

Starryblue702's picture
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I've never had this problem, but I would say google is a good place to start looking lol! Of course, you could give your OB a call as well to make sure whatever is recommended to help is OK to take...

lesleynka's picture
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I already take calcium in the morning & my prenatal at night. I picked up a basic magnesium supplement to add to it. I do have to call my ob for advice tho. I have an appt Monday so maybe I will just ask her then.

gaidinsgirl's picture
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I brought it up today and she told me to take the magnesium/potassium but she also called in an iron prescription for me and said that my numbers had been borderline okay the last time and that restless legs is a symptom of iron deficiency.

**tess**'s picture
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I get charley horses around this time in my pregnancy. It happened last time around, too.

I can't imagine a worse way to wake up.

Anyway, I imagine the RLS is due to very similar causes.

Here are the possible problems:

Not getting enough liquids

Not getting enough calcium, potassium (i.e. bananas), or magnesium

Not getting enough exercise (Okay, I added this one myself, but I really notice a difference for me, so I think it's a valid possibility).

I do have low iron as well, but DR didn't mention that being a possible cause for this particular problem. I have been taking the supplements.

I've started being more careful about these things (and added Magnesium) since I started getting the charley horses (my calf muscles were very tight for several days afterwards) and now I am feeling better.

lesleynka's picture
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How much magnesium?

**tess**'s picture
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"lesleynka" wrote:

How much magnesium?

Standard dose is 250mg per day.

If you take too much you can get diarrhea, which possibly wouldn't be as much of a problem if you are also taking iron supplements (which can cause constipation).

_Jessicah_'s picture
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I doubt the iron thing is coincidence because I am borderline anemic as well.

lesleynka's picture
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I talked to my ob at my appt on friday. She said that I probably shouldn't need the magnesium. It is probably a calcium & potassium thing & it could possibly be a small case of anemia too.

They were scheduled to do another anemia test anyways since I just gave blood for my GD test.

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I've had it for months and it's driving me crazy! I have to take benadryl every night for the rls and itching.