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Restless Leg Syndrome

Before becoming pregnant I never had this feeling, however for the past month I have been experiencing restless leg syndrome.  Anyone else?  I read in my What to Expect When Expecting book and it says its not uncommon.  As if I couldn't already get comfortable, now I can get my stupid legs from keeping me up! 

 

UGH! 



Re: Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Yes,

    I have been getting RLS as well. I try stretching at night before going to bed and kind of message my calfs and that usually helps. I thought it was just me, just about everything I read mentioned leg cramps, but I didn't see anything that actually mentioned RLS during pregnancy. I don't rememeber getting it when I was pregnant with DD.

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  • I have it with this pregnancy. It's the most obnoxious thing to deal with while trying to fall asleep. I'll be asking my dr what I can do about it at my next appointment.
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  • My dr. suggested resting my legs while propped up for a half hour before bed and taking a tylenol PM (she said 2 was okay).  It really helped alot!  I got used to it and was able to stop taking the tylenol everynight.  Its been so helpful and its safe :)  not too many safe alternatives for anything.... mention the pain to your dr. at your next appointment or call them.  Make sure not to make the assumption of RLS but to describe the pain and discomfort in detail so they can rule out any other possible causes. Good luck!  I hope something works for you... took me 4 weeks before i found anything. 

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  • I think I have this too, it hasnt been acting up latley but about a week ago my legs just hurt sooooo bad while laying down and was just so uncomfortable. I think it could of been from a lack of water or something bc it was only for a couple of days. I used a ice pack, it reallt helped me fall asleep. Feel better.
  • image wilkat2009:

    Before becoming pregnant I never had this feeling, however for the past month I have been experiencing restless leg syndrome.  Anyone else?  I read in my What to Expect When Expecting book and it says its not uncommon.  As if I couldn't already get comfortable, now I can get my stupid legs from keeping me up! 

    BTW, I c you live in Ruskin,FL. I live in Riverview. Nice to see Florida girls on here.

  • Thank you for posting this! I've been having an awful time falling asleep or getting comfortable. It only started a couple of weeks ago but it's driving me crazy. I'm going to ask my OB about it at my next appt.
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  • I heard if you put a bar of lavendar soap underneath your sheets it helps...I have yet to do this though ...just b/c I haven't gotten around to getting lavendar soap.
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  • My mom has RLS. Her doctor recommended taking Calcium right before bed and it's worked for her.
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  • I had RLS even before I got prego but it got worse when I became prego.  I think it comes on more when I'm more tired.  It seemed stronger in the beginning of the first tri because I was definitely more tired...now it's less often.  Maybe when it comes on, it just means we need to get some rest.
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  • I find that if I wear compression stockings during the day my legs feel much better at night!

     

  • I recently staring having this problem I spoke with my OB and she said that I could take a tylenol pm a little bit before bed to calm my legs down!!
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  • I had occassional restless leg syndrome before I was pregnant, and have noticed it more this past week. It is soooo annoying when you are completely exhausted, but can't stop moving your legs around!!  I usually use a heating pad (I have one of those homemade ones filled with corn that you heat up in the microwave) and lay it across my legs on my knees. It shouldn't be too hot, but the warmth helps to relax my legs/muscles and can help me to fall asleep. I have never heard about the tylenol pm, and I'm sure if you doctor recommends it, it is fine, but I would try this and see if it helps for you.... the less meds, the better! 
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  • I have RLS every night around 8 pm... it's so annoying. I just try to walk and stretch and eventually it goes away. It's one of the most annoying things about being pregnant (IMO). I experienced it with my 1st pregnancy too...
  • I had it before I got pregnant and the first 3 or 4 months since I've been pregnant it was so bad I couldn't sleep but thankfully the last couple of weeks its gotten better and I've definitely caught up on some much needed sleep
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  • heehee I had it officially before I was pregnant and now it is so much worse!! My husband hates it haha I take baths right before bed and it usually helps them settle down when I sleep.
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