Last night, while sleeping, I woke up to terrible leg cramps in both calves. I leaned over and grabbed my glass of water and guzzled that bad boy as fast as I could... I hobbled to the bathroom to get more, but of course, I woke up DH and our golden in the process!
Any advice or tried & true experiences to prevent or fix in the moment?? I've never experienced these before, but man, my legs are killing me today... It's like I went to the gym and worked these muscles out!! HA! (Maybe it's a sign that I should go to the gym?!?)
Update: Just got my 22w email from Your Pregnancy, and it actually talks about Leg Cramps! Here's what it has to say:
What causes leg cramps?
Surprisingly, those excruciating leg cramps that have you waking up in the middle of the night clutching your calves may be caused by your back and aggravated by changes in the circulation in your legs as your uterus enlarges. To compensate for supporting the increasing load in the front, the curvature of the spine changes during pregnancy so that the lower portion of the back is pushed forward. This posture frequently pinches the motor nerve which runs from the spine down the leg ? and that pinching is what causes leg cramps, according to Mark Taslimi, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Prenatal yoga or any gentle stretching of the back and hips may help ease the pain.
And, a thanks to all of you who responded!!