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How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?


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    How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    These are some Mom-to-be's Experience in coping RLS during pregnancy.

    These are some of the experience shared on babycenter community. Donot take any medication without doctor's Advice!!!

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    • Regular exercise helps me. I got RLS even before I was pregnant. For me it usually means I have too much pent-up energy and I need to get outside and go on a run or a walk.
    • The only thing that's been working for me is getting out of bed and either walking around for a bit or just doing squats right by the bed.


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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    Stretching and yoga

    • The only thing I've found that helps is to do some yoga at night. It's the stretching that really helps. I don't need to do the whole half-hour video. Just ten to 20 minutes and it drastically reduces my RLS. Otherwise I lie in bed all night shaking my leg trying to fall asleep.
    • The only relief is if I get up and do some yoga stretches, stretching my entire leg from hip to toe.
    • I'm 32 weeks pregnant and get RLS symptoms about every other night. It's very annoying, and my legs can tingle and then twitch on their own. If I get up out of bed and do some deep leg stretches using the major muscle groups (thighs, calves, etc.) for about five or so minutes, I can alleviate the issue long enough to get to sleep. Yoga positions seem to help.
    • The only thing that helps me sleep is stretching my legs really well before bed. If I don't spend five to ten minutes stretching them out, I can't get to sleep at all.



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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    Relaxation techniques

    • Once I do fall asleep, it doesn't come back. So I try my hardest to get into the mind-set of not thinking about it. I try thinking of something peaceful, and before I know it I fall asleep. I also noticed the later I go to sleep, the worse it is.
    • I've dealt with RLS all of my life, but it gets worse during pregnancy. I found a relaxation technique and it's a miracle worker! I swear by this:

      Step 1: Starting with your toes, flex them as hard as you can while you breathe in. Hold for five to ten seconds, then relax as you exhale. Move through every section of your body (careful not to forget anything), all the way up to your face.

      Step 2: After your flex routine, close your eyes and count down from ten. Tell yourself (your partner can help) that with every number you'll feel yourself sink deeper into the bed and your body will feel more and more relaxed. Repeat as many times as needed. With practice you'll fall asleep on the first try.


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    Massage

    • I had RLS with my last pregnancy, and massages helped me. Mainly my feet and legs but also hips. I went every other week from the time I was I was 6 months pregnant and that was great. I couldn't have done without it.
    • Massage, massage, massage! That is the only thing that helps me. My hubby even sits up in the middle of the night when he notices me twitching and kicking and rubs my legs until either he falls asleep or they stop moving. What a guy!
    • I have found that massage helps. I was a massage therapist and had pregnant clients that would come in once or twice a month and claimed that it was really effective. I have received massages since I started getting RLS with my pregnancy, and it has helped.



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    Heat

    • The one and only thing that seems to help me is taking a hot bath while rubbing my legs.
    • I am 34 weeks along and find that heat helps my restless legs. I put a heated microwavable pillow just above my knees (doesn't fix, but helps) when I'm trying to get to sleep.
    • I've tried everything, and the only thing that even remotely helps is hot showers (baths if you have them, we don't). My skin is getting dried out (so I'm relying on lotion more and more these days), but a long, hot shower right before I head to bed often helps calm my legs enough to get me to sleep.
    • I got RLS very badly with my first pregnancy. What helped me get to sleep more than anything else was a plug-in heating pad. Plug it in, set it between your calves or ankles, and turn up the heat so that it is almost too hot to handle. The burning feeling distracts from the RLS and you will eventually doze off to sleep. That is the only thing that consistently worked for me besides foot massages
    • I am 33 weeks pregnant. I soak in the tub every night then jump into bed. This is the only relief I have found!
    • It helps to take a warm bath before bed. While you are floating, your legs are moving but you can still relax. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I put a heating pad behind my knees. I use the kind that you heat in the microwave.



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    Cold

    • When I'm having an "episode," I soak my feet in the bathtub with the coldest water possible. This seems to be very effective!
    • What really helps is to cool my feet down. Yes, that's what I said. I put an ice pack against the bottom of my feet for a few minutes, and it seems to relieve my symptoms enough to where I can fall asleep.
    • I am 28 weeks pregnant in my second pregnancy, and RLS has been a problem for me, as it was in my first pregnancy. It left me very sleep deprived before the birth of my first – not how you want to be when you bring home a new baby. This time around I have a remedy that is working for me very well. If I settle into bed and it starts (usually with a sudden rush of heat to my feet), I put my feet in very cold water for a couple of minutes. Then I put a bit of Bengay on my legs. It is the menthol-only kind that makes your skin feel cool instead of hot. It sounds funny, but it really works for me!


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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    Bananas

    • Bananas are amazing for this! Almost since day one of this pregnancy (I'm now 35 weeks), I've eaten half a banana every morning and another half a banana before I go upstairs to get ready for bed. It's the only thing that has helped at all.
    • I hate bananas but was getting desperate, so I tried it. I eat a banana every night, and it has been working. Now I can actually fall asleep and have a good night's rest.
    • I was getting desperate. So about three weeks ago, I started eating two bananas every night before I go to bed. It works! I stopped having RLS! Completely. I can't believe I suffered through the previous pregnancies and it could have been avoided by eating bananas.


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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    Vitamin supplements

    • My doctor put me on calcium and magnesium. It has all but completely taken RLS away. I still get that feeling like it's coming on, but it doesn't actually start and I'm able to fall asleep.
    • Calcium-magnesium supplement helped, but I really got rid of the problem by taking iron supplements. I'm on my second pregnancy now and have been using iron supplements since the beginning. No sign of restless legs (yet!).

    Warning Note: Consult your doctor before taking any supplements while pregnant.


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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

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    • I have tried two things that seem to work. First of all, I use Tiger Balm on my calves before I go to bed. They might burn for a little while, but it seems to relax my legs. I also got an acupuncture treatment, which really did the trick.
    • I found that these things helped, although not reliably:
      • swimming laps
      • eating bananas before bed
      • keeping the legs elevated higher than the body
    • I didn't have this problem with my first two pregnancies, but this time it's terrible. I have it in both my arms and legs, and not just in bed but while I'm driving and sitting. I feel almost crazy at times. What definitely makes it worse: coffee and Benadryl. What is supposed to help but hasn't: lots of calcium. Massage and a bar of soap in my bed by my feet (weird, but I'm desperate) seemed to help briefly. I'm going to try iron next. Something has to work, because I have three months to go.



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    Re: How to Cope with Restless leg Syndrome?

    When my legs are very paining, i just think of those who don't have legs. i console and comfort myself by raising the legs on four pillows.

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