I am 28 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. With each pregnancy, I get restless leg SO bad towards the end of my second trimester and all of my third. It is severe to the point where not only do I have a hard time falling asleep but it wakes me up in the middle of the night. The urge to move, the pain, tingle and need to just move. It’s in my ankles, my knees, my thighs, even my arms and wrists. Being pregnant, there are not many things you can do to relieve restless leg. I’ve tried many things, some that may work for you even though they did not for me, and then I want to share the one Restless Leg Remedy that did work. I have to write, as a disclaimer, that you should always seek professional medical advise over anything written on this blog.
First and foremost, with my first pregnancy my doctor at the time told me the only thing I could do was take Benadryl to help me sleep. Although I am completely against taking medicine unnecessarily, I was desperate enough at times to do this. I do not recommend this. It’s just not good to be taking medication, especially during pregnancy, that are not in relation to the issue.
Next, I tried hot baths and massages. While they relieved the restlessness in the moment, once they ended so did the relief.
A friend suggested drinking more water and drinking Powerade or Gatorade with electrolytes in them. Fail. Not even a hint of relief. Might work for you though?
Another friend suggested….. are you ready?….. PICKLE JUICE! During my second pregnancy, this actually worked! I don’t know how, and I don’t know why but drinking pickle juice relieved restless leg.
Unfortunately for me, this pregnancy has given me a while new gag reflex. Pickle Juice was simply not going to make it anywhere near my lips. I needed a new solution. I tried bananas and even potatoes- nothing. I tried hot packs, cold packs- it was all the same. No relief. I even tried elevating my feet for 3o minutes before bed (which is hard to accomplish sometimes as a mom of 2, sometimes you just want to go to bed! Not elevate your feet and count minutes).
It was suggested to me to put a bar of soap under my sheets at the foot of my bed. Why? I don’t know, but I tried it because I was that desperate. Nothing. Nope. Did not work. And then a friend suggested Vapor Rub. You know, the ointment you rub on your child’s chest when they are sick and congested.
My friend suggested to rub it on my feet at night. I thought, “At this point I’ve even tried a bar of soap at my feet, this seems less crazy anyway”. So I tried it. And within 20 minutes of it on my feet as a test, I was reaching for more to rub on my ankles and knees. It was like heaven in a tub. It truly worked. I don’t even wake up in the middle of the night anymore. I keep it on my nightstand and on nights that I get restless (which seem to be 6 out of 7 nights a week) I just twist that top off and have at it. The only con I can think of at this point, is that it leaves a grease stain on my sheets. I’m thinking once this tub of heaven is empty, I might try Icy/Hot patches. They may give the same “cooling relief” effect and be less messy.
This is in no way a paid advertisement. Truly just a happy, rested pregnant mom who found a remedy that might help others out there. With that said, if the vapor rub people want to send me free products for this post, I wouldn’t say no. Hahahahaha.