Oh Charley! Legs Cramps During Pregnancy

I didn’t realize how much I valued my sleep until I got pregnant and had a child.  I used to love sleeping on my stomach and now with my big belly sticking out, it’s nearly impossible.

Apparently my uncomfortableness at night has become noticeable to my husband because he has made me aware that I am beginning to take up too much room in the bed.  I woke up at 3AM the other morning to find me sleeping by myself  in our bed and him on the couch. My guess is that I am moving around too much to try to get comfortable, and it disturbs him.

And if the constant need to try to get comfortable isn’t enough, I’ve also been waking up with excruciating pain in my legs.

I had forgotten about the awful pain that a charley horse caused. I got them a lot during my first pregnancy, but somehow the pregnancy side effect slipped my mind. Now that I am seven months pregnant, I find myself getting them all the time. I’d never experienced them before pregnancy and didn’t know what they were at first.

I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with horrible pain in my calves and unable to straighten my legs. The only thing that I have found to help subside the pain is to flex my toes towards the ceiling. Sometimes it hurts so bad just to do that and I just sit in the bed grasping my calf.

I don’t really know if there is anything in particular that I am doing or not doing in my pregnancy that is causing the charley horses, but I’d love to know if you have any idea!

What are your cures for the painful charley horse during pregnancy?

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