Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pain in the Calf

As I have mentioned before, sleeping has changed dramatically during pregnancy. I have had to adjust to more frequent bathroom breaks, sleeping on my side and just plain waking up for no reason. But the other night topped all when I awoke from a deep sleep with the most intense calf muscle spasm I have ever experienced in my life. I was powerless to stop the sharpest pain my calf has ever felt. I think I may have even screamed a little. I tried to relax and it did pass but would you believe that it happened again; because it did! Twice in one night, what did I do to deserve this?

I recall having experienced a similar pain a long, long time ago and I had heard that this is somewhat common during pregnancy but I hoped that it wouldn't happen to me. That's a good one right?

I did a little research on this calf pain phenomena and despite what people say there is no evidence to connect it to anything. Most people will say that it means you are low in calcium and that you need to drink more milk. Or that it's a result of extra weight and stress on the muscles and that stretching and massage are the keys. Although these are fine and good things to do, the calf spasm still remains a mystery to the experts and so I cannot predict if or when it will happen. I can never be sure when I go to sleep if I will be attacked in the night by my own muscles or if I will be even a stay for another day or two.

1 comment:

  1. Oops, I just typed all this stuff and then I didn't post it. Oh well. Take two...

    Jane! This is totally normal, especially in your second trimester. The exact same thing happened to me. My yoga teacher suggested a homeopathic remedy called, "Arnica Montana". I've got quite a few granules left, if you want them. I've also got red raspberry leaf tea for your third trimester, when you really want to get labour going. I drank one cup of tea every day in the last three weeks of my pregnancy. Let me know if you want that, too.