What kind of horse was I referring to when I mentioned "Charlie Horse"? Is it really a horse? Why did I say it's painful?
Haha. It's not really a horse but it refers to leg cramping during pregnancy. We normally get it mostly at night. When it happens, we'll experience spasm especially on our calf.
Last night, I couldn't sleep well because of "Charlie Horse". Luckily my hubby helped me by massaging my calf to ease the pain. Then, he asked me to drink more water and also take a magnesium/calcium tablet. Yup...sometimes I forget to take the tablet as I reckon drinking 2 glasses of milk is already enough. Apparently, I also have to take the supplement as the baby is growing in my tummy.
Here are some tips from a website on how to ease "Charlie Horse":
- Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
- Stretch your calf muscles regularly during the day and several times before you go to bed.
- Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when you sit, eat dinner, or watch TV.
- Take a walk every day, unless your midwife or doctor has advised you not to exercise.
- Avoid getting too tired. Lie down on your left side to improve circulation to and from your legs.
- Stay hydrated during the day by drinking water regularly.
- Try a warm bath before bed to relax your muscles.
Does anybody else have any other tips for this?