An Update on the Soap for Restless Leg Syndrome

I’ve been trying the soap remedy for three days now and it seems to be helping. Not sure why or how when it sounds so patently ridiculous! However, I have not experienced many symptoms since starting the experiment on Thursday night.

Laura asked how it worked–you just put a bar of Ivory soap under the bottom sheet of your bed where your legs/feet would be and that is that. I did read one person’s comment that rubbing legs against the bar helped if any symptoms of restless legs remained and I had to do this the first night.

1st night: reduced need to move feet/legs, woke up with a killer calf cramp

2nd night: maybe a 5-8 minute period where I needed to move my legs and 1 calf cramp

3rd night: nothing.

There are a million theories for why RLS occurs– low iron, low folate, poor circulation…pregnancy and MTHFR make me a prime candidate but no one seems to have a definitive answer. My legs had gotten so bad over the past few weeks that I would have been willing to have them removed if the pain would stop so I was ready to try anything…no matter how ridiculous.

All I can say is try the soap and let me know what you think. I’ve been told that dial or dove simply will not work–it needs to be plain old soap if it isn’t a pure white bar like ivory.

**PS: looks like the 3 hour blood glucose challenge will be on Thursday. I am supposed to eat normally, consuming at least 150g of carbohydrates per day for 3 days prior to the test.

I have worked much harder on eating a balanced diet appropriate for gestational dm just in case–as well as getting in the iron, calcium, and vitamin C essential to a woman in her 3rd trimester.  With my ever ongoing nausea/vomiting the fruits and veggies continue to be a challenge, but it has gotten better with the anti nausea meds. I am now able to have some salads and  drink tomato/orange juice which was absolutely impossible 6 weeks ago.

I have to smile that being an RD can actually bite you in the ass….nothing is ever the way you imagine it to be. I am a healthy active woman with basically zero risk factors for high blood sugar other than being over 35. I didn’t tack a food guide pyramid to the fridge and go nuts when I found out I was expecting…nor did I break out the twinkies and celebrate eating for two 🙂   I used to tsk tsk moms that couldn’t seem to make the right choices diet wise due to illness and now I am in the same boat. Karma baby! I have learned that you do the best that you can and hope for the best.

Every pregnancy is different and what works for some doesn’t work for others.  I have been so grateful for the friends who have shared their stories of coping with gestational diabetes and for those who told me that they too flunked the one hour test and went on to be just fine. Regardless of the outcome on Thursday, I will continue to put one foot in front of the other for the next 12 weeks or until Baby Elmo makes an appearance.



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4 responses to “An Update on the Soap for Restless Leg Syndrome

  1. bellybuttonboutique

    i had the same issues while pregnant. i suggest that you try shiatsu with a provider that specializes in maternity patients. best of luck with you. it was the only thing that helped me.

  2. So interesting. I’m going to have Ed try it when he has “issues” again. Then maybe we’ll both sleep better. 🙂 Thank you!

    I really hope your three hour test comes back normal. Let us know when you have the results. Either way, I know you’ll take care of yourself and be okay.

    My mom was recently talking about an RD who made an effort to work with her on several occasions when she was hospitalized during her pregnancy with me. She had hyperemesis gravidarum during all of her pregnancies. She couldn’t swallow her own saliva half the time without projectile vomiting. The RD kept telling her just to eat soda crackers and she’d be fine. My mom is sooo much nicer than me, which was good for that woman, b/c my mom got to her breaking point but still was very nice. Four years later, she was back in the hospital while carrying my little brother. The same RD was there. When she saw my mom and remembered her, she apologized for her “bad advice.” She’d become pregnant and had a baby. 🙂

    It’s not karma, girl, it’s life and learning as we go. It happens to all of us!

  3. Cindy

    I know several people who had to take the 3-hour test. They did not have gestational diabetes. I think the doctors are just very careful to ensure your best care. Good luck with the test as I will be thinking about you.

  4. Wow girl! I thought Aaron’s grandma was crazy with the bar of soap in the bed but apparently she was right, I should try that with my husband.

    I hope your 3 hour test comes back ok and that all is well!

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