Friday, October 13, 2006

Calf cramps

So far through the pregnancy I’ve experienced some minor stomach cramps (I think from my muscles expanding) and that’s about it.

Well, at 6:30 this morning, my left calf decided to do something about that. I woke up screaming “Bob!”, and I’m sure scaring the poor man half to death. He’s familiar with muscle cramps and immediately started rubbing my poor leg. The rubbing and kneading really hurt, but after a few minutes (possibly a few seconds—I am a drama queen) the extremely tight knot my calf muscles had tied began to unwind.

I managed to get back to sleep, but poor Bob was up at this point. I’m sure his pregnant wife screaming his name in fear is the last thing he wants to wake up to. I’m so glad and thankful that he was there, though, and knew what to do.

It’s also interesting that I didn’t just cry “ow” or yell out an expletive. My first reaction was to scream out for him.

I hope this cramp thing doesn’t pop up too often. I’m wearing sneakers today and stink of IcyHot.

Have any of you experienced these? What are you doing to prevent them? I hope it’s something other than bananas, since I’m allergic to those!


Anonymous Davina said...


It's a sign that you need more calcium. When I experience this, I usually stand up *the cramps will be gone instantly*

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I also woke up out of a sound sleep a few weeks ago screaming due to a leg cramp. My poor husband thought I was in labor.

I've heard the calcium argument. My midwife says that in pregnancy, it's more likely to be dehydration (since I've been pregnant I've been drinking milk like it's going out of style). I've upped my water intake and no more cramps have occured.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks for the advice. I've been trying to limit my liquids before bedtime, but I'll just drink whenever I'm thirsty now and make sure that some of it is milk.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

Yes I experienced that with my second child. My mid-wife had me go to a health food store and get a bottle of calcium magnesium supplement. I took one Tbsp each night before bed. It supposedly has to do with a nutrient deficiency. It took a couple days to replenish my system but I did it all through the rest of the pregnancy and it worked great.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it could also be from drinking caffine. i usually get those when i drink a soda during the day and try to stretch in bed but if you put pressure on your foot, like stand up, it goes away instantly.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Kier said...

I experienced them all throughout my first pregnancy (I'm now 6 wks preg. with our second child and not looking forward to a repeat of these horrible cramps!). I read somewhere that it helps to point your toes, making sure not to flex your toes because that makes the pain worse. It worked wonders for me the first time around - as did standing up immediately when I got a cramp.
I also increased my fluid intake, like the other ladies already mentioned.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

uh-oh. i already experience charlie horses on occasion, and i, too have shouted out in severe pain. i wish i knew what some of these ladies were talking about, though- because the last one i had went on for literally over 5 minutes. at my husband's recommendation, (he shoved me out of bed so i WOULD stand) i attempted to stand, it seemed more severe. I'M NOT PREGNANT.
not yet. so big fat uh-oh here.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Hi Michelle - I've been drinking lots more water since that night and I haven't experienced another calf cramp. I have to go to the bathroom ALL the time, but I guess being woken up my bladder isn't as bad as being woken up by my calves.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started taking calcium w/ vitamin d. The vitamin D helps the calcium to absorb into your body better. I had muscle cramps all over my body so bad I couldn't move. My doctor said I need to make sure I am getting AT LEAST 1600mg a day of calcium to prevent these knots and cramps. Well, sure enough. It's working like a charm! That's the only complication I have had in my pregnancy. I am 36 wks along, and haven't had any major complaints!

4:51 PM  
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