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Restless Legs during pregnancy

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Loubyloulou88 Sun 05-Aug-12 22:08:22

I'm in my second trimester of pregnancy and for the last 4/5 weeks i've been experiencing restless legs at around bedtime. I find I get in bed and just as I get comfy my legs start tingling and I need to move them to ease the feeling (not brilliant when you're trying to get to sleep!). This can last for around 15 minutes sad. I've Googled Restless Leg Syndrome and can't seem to find any helpful tips.

Has/does anyone else experience this and if so have anything I can try to ease it? Is this a common symptom during pregnancy?

LaBelleDamesansTurkey Sun 05-Aug-12 22:09:25

Eating a banana every day can help with this.

Bumpincharge Sun 05-Aug-12 22:12:47

I've heard that coconut water is good for this as well.

Loubyloulou88 Sun 05-Aug-12 22:15:13

Thanks, they're both worth a try certainly. Where would I get coconut water from?

WinkyWinkola Sun 05-Aug-12 22:17:05

I try to 'exhaust' my legs by stretching them out in the stairs. You know, drop your heel so the calf gets stretched.

Also, I've found it's a sign of my having done too much and being over tired at 36 weeks.

Could this be the same for you?

Loubyloulou88 Sun 05-Aug-12 22:21:55

I'll try stretching before bed and see if that helps. I'm 16 weeks pregnant and don't generaly feel tired however I maybe do more than I should (or so i'm told!)

It's such an irritating feeling so i'm willing to try all of these!

Loubyloulou88 Sun 05-Aug-12 22:28:42

I have also read that RLS can be connected to iron defficiency. Am I right in thinking that iron defficiency is common in pregnancy? Don't know if this is right though :-/

2boysandaprincess Sun 05-Aug-12 22:44:27

hi i also suffer from rls and im 36 weeks pregnant. its awful i havent found a solution to stopping myself getting it but when i do get it i put my feet in freezing water and the shock sometimes will relieve it or a deep massage and lifting legs high on pillows could help. i have been told eating bananas helps with leg cramps but not this.

missjackson Sun 05-Aug-12 23:03:13

Awful, isn't it? Hot bath just before bed, and LOTS of stretching helps me a bit.

potatolady Sun 05-Aug-12 23:09:08

I have suffered from this in two previous pregnancies and am getting hints of it again with current pregnancy (17 weeks - much earlier than before).

In my case it's always linked to my level of tiredness so I recommend trying not to become too tired - easier said than done I know!

The worst attack I've had was on an overnight longhaul flight at 30wks pregnant. It was horrendous, I was in tears and the cabin crew took pity eventually (tho they'd clearly never heard of rls) and let me lie down in a business class seat. It felt how I imagine some sort of sleep deprivation torture might feel. You have my sympathy.

RnB Mon 06-Aug-12 07:39:58

I've suffered with this too and it's awful. A warm foot bath and foot massage really helps stop the pains at night. Definitely try a pg multivitamin too if you're not already

Bumpincharge Mon 06-Aug-12 09:22:02

I found coconut water with the fresh juice in Tesco. I tend to get this and would love to know what works!

Loubyloulou88 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:28:38

Thanks for the comments, I did try some leg stretches before bed and seemed to get off to sleep without any irritation. Will see if this continues to work......

Loubyloulou88 Tue 14-Aug-12 21:03:08

Just to update, I tried putting my feet in cold water and really cooling them off for a few minutes. Seems to work long enough to let me get to sleep grin

Thanks for all you advise

Brices Tue 14-Aug-12 21:10:29

Drives you insane doesn't it

I had this, I had a hand held vibrating massager thing got off eBay cheap and this really helped. It was like I had a different sensation to think about

ZuleikaD Wed 15-Aug-12 06:34:03

Earlier poster is correct - it's connected to iron deficiency.

WeeLors Wed 15-Aug-12 17:48:08

Horrible isn't it, I've had bouts of it since I was a little girl but it gets a lot worse when I'm pregnant. At the moment the thing that really helps me is a hottish bath before bed and walking up and down the stairs during a bout (I'm quite often treading the stairs a couple of times during the night).

Btw, it associated with low iron levels but as I say, I've had it all my life and my iron levels have always been fine during periods when I'm suffering from it so think the reason for it may be more complex than that

IWantToGoToThere Wed 15-Aug-12 19:50:42

When I had it in my first pregnancy, I'd go and stand on the cold bathroom floor for a while which helped. I also used Rescue Remedy (there's a special night time one) which seemed to relax me as well, though not sure if this was the placebo effect or not. It's awful, you have my sympathies. Am hoping not to get it this time round

Ihateusernames Wed 15-Aug-12 20:25:45

I'm 23 weeks and have had really restless legs in the evening too. I've started calling them electric legs because I feel like I'm plugged into the mains! I also saw that it could be linked to iron deficiency. The last time I had a blood test my iron levels were a little low, so I've been trying to top up my pregnancy vitamins every day by having something iron-rich like spinach with dinner or fortified cereal with a glass of orange juice. My doctor said the vitamin C in the orange juice helps you absorb the iron better. It does seem to help a little with my legs.

Loubyloulou88 Wed 22-Aug-12 22:39:43

It seems different things seem to work for different people. I'm still finding myself getting out of bed and doing a some simple stretches, don't know if it actually calms it or just takes my mind off it! Plus mentioned it to the midwife but she didn't really seem to make much of it or have any helpful tips, so you guys have definitely been the most help grin

Thanks again x

MelBanks Wed 03-Oct-12 11:56:46

Bumpincharge You need to be careful with which coconut water you buy... A lot of them say they are organic but are not. I recommend Tiana Organic Coconut Water. I love it and it tastes great.. I can drink it knowing that I am drinking something pure. Try it. Its a brand to trust

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