I've noticed a definite correlation between when I stretch out in a horizontal position (aka in bed) and when they occur, so I've tried to stop myself from doing that. But sometimes, it's inevitable.
I thought this was just a "me" thing, but I finally got frustrated today and took to the internet to find out if other pregnant ladies have as many leg cramps as I do. I mean, not just an owie, but a MF'in OWIE.
Turns out, it's an actual pregnancy problem for many women. Who knew? Different theories are that they could be caused by carrying around extra weight or by the rerouting of your normal blood flow in order for baby to grow.
That's all good and well...but being impatient little Future Mommy me, I cared more about getting them to STOP than why they ever started.
Here's what I read about prevention:
- No leg crossing
Well, shoot. I do this unconsciously.
- No prolonged standing
- Stretch often and rotate your feet/ankles often
- Exercise often
- Walk, walk, walk
Doesn't this violate the non-standing rule?
- Try not to become overly tired while pregnant
Was this advice written by a man?
- Lots o'water
- More water - warm baths
- Get lots of potassium and calcium, but cut the phosphates
- My method of screaming, leaping from bed and hopping on one foot saying OW OW OW OW OW OW OW until it goes away is generally not recommended. Gee. Worked for me!
- Stretch and flex
Dude, have you ever TRIED stretching through a debilitating cramp?
Here's where I got my advice:
March of Dimes