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Restless Leg Syndrome During Pregnancy

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Restless Leg Syndrome

I used to think those commercials of people twitching about in bed were a crock until I had dinner with my mommy gal pals the other night. Two of them have been suffering terribly from restless leg syndrome (RLS) during their pregnancies. I know sometimes mothers-to-be have fretful sleeping patterns as their bellies start to pop and cause positioning discomfort, but constant movement of the legs was news to me.

RLS can be a product of stress, iron deficiency, and pregnancy just to name a few. Unfortunately, no cure is available to better the situation but there are things a mother in waiting, or anyone for that matter, can do to better her snoozing situation. To see what they are,


  • Warm baths
  • Gentle stretching exercises
  • Massage
  • Low doses of pramipexole or ropinirole (Requip) have been found to be very effective in controlling symptoms in some people.
  • If sleep is severely disrupted, medications such as Sinemet (an anti-Parkinson's medication) or tranquilizers such as clonazepam may be prescribed, but they may cause daytime sleepiness.
  • Patients with iron deficiency will receive iron supplements.
  • Low doses of narcotics may sometimes relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
  • Before taking anything, you should consult your doctor.

    Did you struggle with RLS?

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xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
I have RLS too, and now im worried it'll get worst when I get pregnant! I agree with Luckyme, usually i'll sort of punch my legs or really stretch them (I'll point my toes as far as I can every way possible.. it sort of helps but its still not good enough) Its the most annoying feeling in the world. And its not only when I try to go to sleep, its also all day at work! It started when I was fairly young and I remember always telling my mom I had this weird feeling in my legs when I was just sitting down watching tv, it felt like I just had to move my legs, but moving them didnt get rid of the feeling.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
A REALLY good stretch is helpful too :).
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I've got it and it S-U-C-K-S. I'm not on meds for it, but it is so bothersome! And now that you say it, it seems more noticeable now that I'm pregnant again. LilRuck - I love your suggestion! I always tell my husband that my brain is totally exhausted by my legs feel like they're ready to run a mile. Strangely, what works for me is to lightly punch my legs (specifically my thighs). Not enough to leave bruises, or anything, just enough to hurt a tiny bit and somehow relax the muscles. I also massage my calves deeply. Anyway, yes, I know all about it and it is not fun at all.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
My mom has it and is on meds for it. I expected to get it during pregnancy, if not permanently, but haven't yet.
fjaril fjaril 8 years
I had this problem while I was preggers. My solution was steamed milk everynight before bed.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
This used to happen to me. The only thing I found to really help was sprinting up and down the steps a few times. It sounds ridiculous, but it worked every time. Worth a try!
Ericka Ericka 8 years
I got this before I was pregnant, but it's definitely worse now that I've had a baby. I think it's probably from the increased stress. It's annoying and feels awful in a weird way.
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