Sorry to hear you had such bad cramp Reality, I get it too in both calves at night but never for more than a few minutes. Some good old writhing around, swearing and digging my fingers into it to massage it seems to work. Dehydration, low salt, potassium can all contribute so water, bananas etc is good advice. I'm sure I've read somewhere about elevating your legs as well, so just sleep with your feet on a pillow?
Had exactly the same thing the other night (am 26 wks with DS no.3) and was limping around for 2 days afterwards! Sooo painful. Try pulling your toes towards you if it happens again (if you can reach them!) or put your foot flat on the floor. That stops it.
sorry but this really made me laugh.. partly because I'm knackered today from being woken up with cramp last night (managed to stretch my calf and it went quite quickly) but also your new name for cramp. My sis broke her leg a couple of years ago and we found ourselves at the bottom of a hill in the cold with her trying to get up it with cramp. It then got called the c*nting cramp.
Reality I get F.B. Cramp in my calves every night and it sucks!! I am 35wks and cannot reach my toes so I push my toes up towards the ceiling but have to be careful or I get cramp in the top of my foot as well - WTF!! So now if I can manoeuvre (OMG had to look up how to spell that - bloody pg brain - I won spelling comps at school for gods sake!!!) myself I put my foot flat up against the wall instead.
My consultant said that it can down to low salt so suggested a bag of crisps a day - the lovely man. Also try and drink lots of water and eat bananas as per other advice here.
Yes it fucken hurts and yes you can be left limping for days - I was after an episode rendered me sobbing and calling out for DH who had to pull my foot back for me as I was in too much pain.
I get this & the muscles ache for some time over the next day or two. When it happens (always at night) I rub it fairly vigorously & have used a hot water bottle to soothe away the pain. It has also hurt when I've reached up a little & stretched to get something,I've felt a kind of ping. Drink plenty of water,try to sleep on yr side too.
I used to wake up every night with this. It never lasted twenty minutes though! Do you get up and put weight on it? (Sorry if that's a horribly patronising question!) That stops mine temporarily.
I've started wearing socks in bed and that helps me. I also recently bought a blender so have been trying to make a banana smoothie every day (potassium and calcium are supposed to help, plus it's DELICIOUS!) and haven't been woken up with cramp since.
Can really sympathise as I get this every night, used to get it more than once a night but I have a heat pad from Boots that I keep under my calfs and have a banana each night. My Dr told me not to have quinine but I have upped salt intake. Hope it goes for you as it is awful hovering on the edge of sleep cause you can feel it coming on during the night - makes me scared to move my legs.
Reality I get cramp too, I had the same experience as you, only once so far thank god but my DH was trying to calm me down as I was howling, crying and hobbling round the bedroom, I think he saw it as good practice for labour!
I normally just get it in my feet and toes so have tried to eat more bananas and sometimes wear socks as it happens more when my feet are cold.
Mumswang - can sympathise with you too, I actually got cramp in my hip it was hard enough to talk him into it in the first place and then it kind of ruined the moment.....