I am a terrible sleeper. Seriously, it's a cross. I am a light sleeper, and every little noise wakes me up: a kid's cough, Phil's heavy breathing when he's congested, ice cubes being made in the freezer, a loud truck driving by, even the heat turning on in the house.
As if I don't have enough reasons to wake up suddenly in the middle of the night, now I am suffering from charlie horses in my calves. This happened a few times when I was pregnant with John-Paul but I haven't had them since.
It's terrifying to be suddenly awakened in the middle of the night with a horrible pain in your leg. I try to grab my foot to stretch out my calf, but my big pregnant belly won't allow me. So I yell at Phil to wake up and pull my toes back, which I'm sure he appreciates ;) Then, because of the adrenaline rush, I can't fall back asleep for about an hour. And my calf is sore for the next week.
Phil told me charlie horses are due to lack of potassium, so I brought a banana to eat today. Hopefully that will cure it. Does anyone else suffer from this? Any tricks to making it stop?
I had my midwife appointment last night, and she told me to take between 500 mg and 1000 mg of Magnesium to prevent the charlie horses. I took 1000mg last night and no cramps! There is a potential side effect of "soft stools", and I won't be updating you on whether or not I experience that. You're welcome :)