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bad leg pain at night

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UrsulaSings · 23/07/2020 01:35

I have been getting bad leg pain at night. It's not cramps, just a constant ache/pain that will wake me up in the night and make it difficult to go to sleep. It's at the point where I've been taking paracetamol most nights, but I really dont want to continue with this as I'm 33 weeks and dont want to take paracetamol every day for the next possibly 7+ weeks!

Does anyone else get bad leg pain? How do you manage it? Does it get better after a while? I really don't want to be experiencing this every night for the next 2 months!

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UrsulaSings · 23/07/2020 13:27


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LBB2020 · 23/07/2020 14:12

Call your midwife or GP to get it checked x

ChickenDipper28 · 23/07/2020 14:37

I've been getting really really bad RLS at night. It's so uncomfortable and I'm forever fidgeting and just cannot sleep. It's like a strong aching which just doesn't go. Is it like this?

UrsulaSings · 23/07/2020 19:55

@ChickenDipper28 I dont know. I get the 'strong ache', but they dont feel restless. They feel if anything like they just need to find somewhere that is comfortable and stay in that position, but there is no position which is comfortable. They will be absolutely fine, then as soon as I lie down on either side they start hurting. They dont hurt as much if I'm laid on my back, it's just my sides?

Thank you for replying.

@LBB2020 yeah I've got a midwife appointment next wednesday so am planning on asking her then

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ChickenDipper28 · 23/07/2020 20:37

Mine feel restless, but that mostly because it annoys me so much I have to keep moving until I get half comfortable!
It kind of sounds exactly like I've been getting.
I have to keep swapping sides constantly throughout the night because whichever side I lay on my leg/side starts hurting and it's so difficult to get comfortable. I find that pillows can help slightly under the side/legs but it doesn't make it go away.

I did ask my midwife and she reassured me that it's completely normal as the baby is adding pressure on nerves etc especially when laying on your side but there's nothing really that can be done about it ☹️ She just said the usual things like stretching and massaging before bed etc!

Higgeldypiggeldy35 · 23/07/2020 20:41

Yeah it's normal unfortunately. Try a memory foam topper on your mattress and a pillow between your knees. Good news is once baby is here it disappears o we night pretty much.

bluemoon2468 · 23/07/2020 20:43

I'm having this too at 30 weeks. Midwife said it's completely normal. Have no suggestions for how to cure it but it's keeping me up all night too 😔

dillydallydollydaydream7 · 24/07/2020 03:35

I have this right now hence why I'm in the wide awake club at 3:30am! I'm 24 weeks with DD2 and had it with DD1 too. Keep a pillow between your legs during the night - first time round I had one of the big pregnancy V cushions which was amazing but they're so huge! This time I'm just using a normal pillow. Some nights are worse than others but there are no miracle suggestions to make it stop I'm afraid. I did in used to find that the nights it was worse if I applied deep heat cream to my calfs where it felt worse it did take the edge off though

Kodiak83 · 24/07/2020 09:59

I’m getting this already at 22 weeks. I had it really bad last pregnancy but not sure this early. I was up an 1.5 h last night trying to get comfy, stretching etc. It sucks. I have a bbhugme pillow which was helping With spd pain from 14 weeks and defo takes edge off but clearly not enough. I’m going to try magnesium before bed and deep heat middle of the night and see. Would love any other tips x

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