Last week, my wife started suffering from leg cramps due to the pregnancy. About every other day, I wake up to her crying out in sharp pain and moving around in the bed. Though I should know better by now, in my “just awoken from a dream where I am exploring underground caves in canoes with people I haven’t seen since 3rd grade” state-of-mind, still mostly asleep and only technically awake, I always assume the worst- that she is scared because she saw that someone has broken into the house, so I now I need to pull out the closest weapon available to play Dexter or Chuck Norris.
But no, it’s another leg cramp. And what can I really do? Sympathize (which is easy to do) and start massaging her calves. No matter which one I start with, it’s always the wrong one. Murphy’s Law. And I typically start massaging too hard, then too soft, then by the time I get it right, time has ran its course and the Charlie Horse has trotted away.
Eat more bananas for potassium. Drink more water. Keep salt by the bed to lick. Elevate the legs. Avoid standing flat footed. She’s trying it all. And still, the leg cramps still happen.
Ultimately, she’s pregnant and leg cramps are part of the deal. They will probably be replaced by another annoying inconvenience. And what will I do? What can I do? Be there.
What The Bump says about Baby Jack this week:
Watch what you say — baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby’s starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out when — just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.
All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography: