I used to get them a little bit and then when I was pregnant I got them quite a bit and they were AWFUL! Especially as my tummy got bigger and I couldn't move quickly to relieve them! A Magnesium supplement is supposed to help as well - I'm not 100% sure it did. I've not had cramps at all since my son was born 18 months ago.
I used to get muscle cramps every night. So did my dad. We found out that we both have low blood pressure and our bodies were using up all the salt in our diet to tackle that condition so our muscles were not getting enough to be healthy. The answer was to increase our salt intake and also to take a magnesium supplement to ensure optimum muscle health. Since starting on this regime, we have both stopped getting night cramps. When I was pregnant I had to double my magnesium intake though as that put an extra strain on my system!
A good tip to know if you get muscle cramps in the night, is the minute you feel your muscles starting to tighten, move your foot so that it is at right angles to your leg. This stretches the calf muscles out so they can't cramp. It is surprisingly effective!
Really? That surprises me I have to say, I've always found it really effective. But definitely up your magnesium intake, oh and quinine helps too, so drink some tonic water every day.... and I used to keep little salt tablets next to the bed so that I could pop one in when the cramp started and that stopped them too. But better to prevent than treat!
If you have a bath with Epsom Salts in that will help too as the warmth will ease your muscles and the magnesium will prevent the cramp.
Never had cramp, but my late husband got leg cramps a lot and he used to flex his foot upwards to ease the cramp. He'd suddenly yell out in bed and I knew what was wrong, so I got the job of flexing his foot to ease the pain of the cramp. Usually worked pretty well.
Used to, occasionally. Just the pits! Used to stretch affected foot up, & towards me. That seemed to help, thank goodness.
Must be eating right amounts of correct food, as haven't had any for a few years'.
Yes I've had them about 4 times in the middle of the night. It was very scary the 1st time as I thought I was about to die! I just rubbed my leg while making painful noises, until it stopped hurting! I'll try the walking around, next time it happens!