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If restless leg syndrome does not dissipate after this baby is born....

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weebigmamma Sun 23-Mar-14 01:36:46

.... I don't know what I'll feckin do. I feel like I could cope with ANYTHING else. Bloody horrendous. Think i'll be awake and pacing the house for the next 3 weeks.

weebigmamma Mon 24-Mar-14 16:51:09

Thanks all! I will check out Biofreeze. I have been doing that tippytoes exercise but it doesn't seem to help me much. Crossing fingers for another pain-free night!!

furlinedsheepskinjacket Mon 24-Mar-14 16:15:46

smile hurrah for good nights sleep weebig

Rosa Mon 24-Mar-14 15:04:39

Sympathy - drove me mad some nights. I ate sooo many Bananas ( which did help a bit). I used to elevate high like on the bead head and then drop down fast - whilst I was sitting and dh would massage like mad. Helpe d a bit.

procrastinatingagain Mon 24-Mar-14 15:00:22

Also try stretching your calves by standing with just the toes and balls of your feet on a step and letting your heels drop down. Hope that makes sense! It used to help mine a lot.

lanbro Mon 24-Mar-14 07:27:21

Try Biofreeze, just slather it on as soon as you feel the first tingle. Mine was horrendous during pregnancy but I still get it when I'm very tired.

weebigmamma Mon 24-Mar-14 07:24:47

I've been taking the pregnancy vitamins for a while now and I've also been keeping legs up on a pillow because my feet have swollen to balloons lol. I did have a great night's sleep in comparison with the last few weeks. So glad. I hope it continues!

procrastinatingagain Mon 24-Mar-14 06:15:25

I do know I'm not anaemic though

procrastinatingagain Mon 24-Mar-14 06:14:17

Pregnancy multi vits stopped mine immediately. I still get it now I'm not pregnant and Wss managing it by stretching, but have started taking multi vits and minerals and it's gone again. I'm clearly lacking something, not sure what though!

ToAvoidConversation Mon 24-Mar-14 06:06:31

I've had this for long as I remember. Keeping my legs cool and raising them on a pillow brings a little relief.

weebigmamma Mon 24-Mar-14 04:31:40

Happy to report that, whether because of the soap or not, I am sleeping much better tonight. Thank god for that, I was going insane. Anyway, the soap smells nice so it can stay for at least as long as I'm able to sleep without the torture.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sun 23-Mar-14 23:10:42

funnily enough it sometimes starts up at night and when I check its because the soap has fallen off the end of the bed smile

YNK Sun 23-Mar-14 22:18:13

It could be it was going to go anyway or it might have been a placebo.
In any case I am glad you are fine now, sheepskin.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sun 23-Mar-14 19:19:40

ynk soap worked fine for me

I think it is something to do with some chemical in the soap

weebigmamma Sun 23-Mar-14 17:58:00

Thanks, YNK. I have looked it up. Thank you.

YNK Sun 23-Mar-14 17:54:42

Exercise, quinine, magnesium, iron - none of this works!

GP's are notoriously ignorant of RLS. You need to see a neurologist if the GP does not prescribe ropinerole or gabapentin.
Please go to rlshelp,org for any other advice if you don't want to take medication.

AncientBallerina Sun 23-Mar-14 16:26:27

I took up dance classes three nights a week (see username), well I built up from one to three over three years. I had restless legs before during and after each pregnancy, but I rarely get it now. I even used to have it sitting on the couch in the evening. Now I rarely sit on the couch :-) Obviously this not so straightforward if you are suffering while pregnant but I am convinced that curing it is to do with improving circulation and/ or muscle tone so maybe swimming and/ or pregnancy yoga? My sympathies - it is awful and no- one takes you seriously IME.

weebigmamma Sun 23-Mar-14 16:08:54

Thanks Booty. I will go to the doc this week if I have another night like last night.

Bootyluscious Sun 23-Mar-14 15:55:52

Worst part of my pregnancy! I was given magnesium tablets by my doctor which really helped and it went after baby arrived smile

weebigmamma Sun 23-Mar-14 15:39:15


YNK Sun 23-Mar-14 15:12:19

Try some flight socks instead!

weebigmamma Sun 23-Mar-14 14:17:57

I think the price of a bar of soap is worth a go frankly. And if it doesn't work then you still have a bar of soap. Who cares if it works by placebo effect? I've tried everything else. Literally.

YNK Sun 23-Mar-14 12:35:37

Some people get short a bit of relief with cold, others hot.
Massage can take the place of pacing about.

FlyLikeABird Sun 23-Mar-14 12:31:09

Orgasm works for some. Win win grin

eurochick Sun 23-Mar-14 10:49:34

Massage seems to help, as does elevation. Mr euro is happy to rub my legs each night to try to give me a bit of relief. I had no idea it sometimes doesn't go though. Eeek.

Netguru Sun 23-Mar-14 10:24:05

This has been driving me nuts too.

Last week I got do fed up I did all the cures at once. Calcium tablets. Iron tablets. Bananas. Quinine (in tonic water) and cold and hot treatments. (Hot water bottle under calves or cold bath up to knees by sitting on side).

It worked. I got good sleep.

I have no idea which bit worked though so have up do it all now every day. With only three weeks left though I don't care.

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