Anyone else dealing with Restless Legs?

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parkerlamar's picture
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Anyone else dealing with Restless Legs?

As if getting up and peeing every thirty minutes wasn't sleep depriving enough, the past couple of nights, when I've laid down for bed I get really horrible Restless Legs (and sometimes arms :dry:)
Does anyone else have this issue and if so how do you deal with it?
I find the only way for me to get rid of them is to sit up awake until I absolutely cannot stay awake any longer and then go to bed. The problem is that it eats up a big chunk of time that I could be resting :(.

wobbs's picture
Joined: 05/27/10
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I have this problem sometimes Sad Dh has the bruised shins to prove it, to. From what I've heard, the only medications that can help are not pregnancy safe, so I just try to make sure that I'm tired but not overly exhausted before going to bed.

AimeeLynne's picture
Joined: 09/29/08
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Ughhhh ME!! I was going to write this post earlier! lol Except for me its all in the arms. I am dying today! It's my right mostly, but its gotten worse and is starting to make my back tenses up. I read up on it today and what I found was that the slightest big of caffeine can make it worse, it usually starts in the 7-8mo of pg then stops when LO is born, and the medication not being safe. I am going to the dr today for my 30w check so I am going to ask him if he's got any ideas.

irishgirl's picture
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I've had it for years, and haven't been on medication since 2007 when I got pregnant with DD1. I take tylenol, drink water, and make sure I have a fan blowing on me. I don't know if it's psychosomatic or what...but that's all I've found that helps. With DD1 I would have to get up and take showers until I couldn't stand anymore/the hot water ran out.

OregonJewels's picture
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Not exactly but my normal(for pg) Charlie Horse/Leg Cramps are starting up. I think they might be related. I was just looking on the internet for solutions. I know lack of Potassium can cause them but what I read also suggested Calcium and more magnesium. Taking a warm bath before bed can help.

Joined: 07/15/07
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YES!! I was about to post about this last night!! My iron levels are low and that can be a cause, so I'm hoping that as I take my meds and get my levels up a bit it'll get better.

I've heard that caffeine worsens it. Laying in bed for a long time before going to sleep makes it worse. I really don't know what to do about it, and it sucks because it's definitely keeping me up at night :confused:

I'll be laying in bed tho and literally have to JERK my leg into a different position every 2 minutes, or flex my foot or change positions. It's rough. I don't remember this with DD.

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I'm not having a problem with "restless" anything (although to be honest I really don't know what the actual symptoms are). My issues are all with pain that causes me to toss & turn all night. So I can relate to the lack of sleep. I feel like a zombie already.

"OregonJewels" wrote:

Not exactly but my normal(for pg) Charlie Horse/Leg Cramps are starting up. I think they might be related. I was just looking on the internet for solutions. I know lack of Potassium can cause them but what I read also suggested Calcium and more magnesium. Taking a warm bath before bed can help.

My Dr always told me all three of those. I know cyclists keep mustard packets with them if they get leg cramps. I've never tried this but I guess if it got bad enough I would.

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Joined: 08/21/11
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I haven't had the cramping in the legs really. I've heard about Potassium (like eating a banana) can help with those. I'm pretty sure I'm not low on Calcium either (I've been drinking milk like it's going out of style). I've tried stretched and everything else but nothing seems to work except just making myself so tired that it doesn't matter anymore. I vaguely remember having this with DS but I don't remember it being so bad that I had to get up out of bed. Guess it's just one of those pregnancy related things (for me) that I'm NOT going to miss. Rawr.

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Joined: 08/24/06
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Oh it's awful!! It's usually when I'm settling down with the boys to put them to bed usually by the time I go to bed it's done but if it's not I try to tire my legs out by stretching them back and forth .... only a few more weeks of it!!

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Joined: 01/04/11
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YES! Its horrible. I have not found anything to help either. I don't have it in my legs anymore, only my arms. I had tried benedyl, worked the first time but made it worse the second.

I read u should always get up and try move around, warm milk before bed, and no exercise or a lot of activity before bed.

Good luck! Hope it ends soon!!!