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Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Charlie Horse" is painful.


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.
source: HERE

Does anybody else have any other tips for this?


yatie chomeyl said...

Ti pun keno make tablet/pill calcium sbb xminum susu lansung ni

Wan Anie said...

bila due ni Nur? Selalu kejang ni bila dah besar kandungan... take care

transformed housewife said...

Tie: ha. kenola ambik pil kalsium.

transformed housewife said...

Wan Anie: loni 7 bln. Due 20 Jun.