Charley horse

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Charley horse

I've been feeling a charley horse coming on for awhile now. It's pretty bad today, feels sore but I've yet to have it. I almost wish it would just go ahead and happen so I could get it over with.
I know charley horses are common during pg, but why? What can I do to avoid them?

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I have been told to flex my foot and point my toes towards my head and I have only gotten one so far and I usually get them somewhat frequently. Also, bananas help.

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You are not alone. I woke up this morning thinking "no, no, no,no" as my leg was starting to cramp up. I'll have to try the flexing and start eating more bananas. Hope you get some relief soon!

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yeah flex that muscle and eat things with potassium in them...ie bananas. i've had one already...of course in the middle of the night....dang those hurt!

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They are very very painful. I have been getting them regularly at night while in bed, it happens if I stretch and point my toe.

I have been wondering if there is anything we can do to help prevent them too.

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I get them all the time when pg. I try to eat a banana a day. That really seems to help a ton.

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I get them all the time in the middle of the night, especially if I stretch. I have to jump outta bed and put pressure on my feet.

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Yeah, I know about the flexing your foot but it just keeps coming back. I ate a few bananas today and I plan on eating a banana a day for awhile.

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OUCH! I had them constantly with DS. With DD, I took a magnesium supplement for other reasons and later found out that some studies suggests that it can help with leg cramps. Well, I didn't have ANY with DD and I haven't had any this time yet either (still taking the magnesium supplement). Magnesium is a smooth muscle relaxant (thus why they use it for preterm labor and pre-e). Anyway, it's definitely something you could try. I asked my OB about it and she was all for it (many pregnant women have a slight magnesium deficiency).
Hope they go away for you!

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I was wondering about a supplement. I don't like bannas at all. I was wondering if a potassium or magnesium supplement would work instead.

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I had them when I was pg with DD1 and would flex my foot towards my head. It did go away. Only once or twice with this pg. But since I have been taking meds for preterm labor I haven't had one.

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Sorry i cant be of help with this, as i have had them, but i hope you start feeling better soon!!!