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Does anyone have any suggestions to relieve painful leg cramps, mostly at night, during pregnancy? They are getting so bad they wake me up at night. I have tried magnesium cream, bananas, heat packs and being active, walks, prenatal pilates/yoga, during the day.


Posted by mom412922, 26th September 2020


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  • I have tried epsom salt foot bath and find that helpful at night


  • Are you allowed to take magnesium tablets while pregnant? I’ve read its meant to be good for cramps. Have you tried elevating your legs while lying down? That may help also


  • Yes I got leg cramps so bad on my last pregnancy hurt so bad I actually had trouble walking afterwards I tried to massage it as much as possible.


  • Hope you get some relief from the cramps!


  • I had them…my mum same me leg lotion for pregnant women from overseas. It was a life saver


  • The only thing I could do was to stay well hydrated. Maybe get some advice from a GP?


  • Magnesium! That really helped me. I had cramps during all my three pregnancies.


  • I used Magnesium Oil – not sure if there’s much difference between that and the cream but it helped me. I would bath my feet in bucket of warm water and magnesium salt and then apply the oil to my legs from the knees down and it really helped me. Good luck


  • * massage
    * exercise/movement
    * make sure not to cross legs or stand for prolonged time / circulation
    * hydration
    * eat enough of these key nutrients: potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium (electrolytes). you find this in foods like; banana, sweet potato, avocado, beans & lentils, melon, milk, pickle juice, dark leafy greens, orange juice, nuts & seeds, salmon, tomato (juice)


  • I didn’t find anything worked except massaging them out. The pain would subside but my legs would still be tight and cramped. With my second pregnancy, every day at noon I would get horrid cramps with pain shooting down the back of my legs. I would plan to be lying down a few minutes prior to as my knees would buckle underneath me. All the best and I hope it gets better for you.


  • That’s a big selection of things you’ve tried. I’m not sure what else to offer xx


  • The only thing that worked for me and I’m using at the moment is a pregnancy pillow.
    I’ve got one shaped like a U.
    I sleep with it in between my legs and it helps to prop me in the right sleeping position.
    If you go into catch of the day, just look up pregnancy pillow and the one that’s fifty bucks is the best one.


  • I had this a lot in my second trimester. I just had to suffer through and it disappeared some time in my third trimester. My husband helped stretch my calf muscles out each time it happened and it really helped.


  • It is a horrible experience. Try a magnesium spray or cream (available at Chemists and Health Food shops) on the affected area at bedtime. If that doesn’t work it might be worthwhile getting a blood test to see if you are deficient in the B complex vitamins. I hope it resolves for you.


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