Wanna scare your husband half to death?! Let’s set the mood… it’s sometime in the 4:00am hour and you’re somewhere around 25-30 weeks pregnant. Your pregnancy to date has been fairly uneventful, easy even. Then, out of nowhere you shoot up in the middle of the night howling in pain. How fast can your hubs shake the sleep from his eyes and figure out what’s going on?
“What’s the matter babe?” he asks me, as if I know. Oh, I dunno, it feels like a baseball just rolled up my calf, under my skin, or a baby alien just moved in… “My leg, my leg!” I manage to get out, teeth clenched, body rigid, worried that any slight movement will increase the pain I’m feeling. As my husband massages, very gently, the alien-inhabited leg, he reminds me how important my consumption of water is. And although I later read that this is indeed one of the unexplainable symptoms of pregnancy (not necessarily dehydration), I have been scared straight. I use a 32oz water bottle to monitor my fluid intake, making sure that I’m getting close to drinking two of them per day. I’ve never had another leg cramp like that first one. Sometimes in the mornings, I feel a slight twinge of one coming on and choose to shy away from stretching out for fear of another.
My husband did very well with this test, btw, I believe he’ll be ready for anything as we near our due date! Speaking of due dates, I asked my doctor if I’ll know what labor feels like (I know, laugh it up moms) and he replied simply, “yes!” “The sensation will feel like a leg cramp, only around your mid section and back and will last for 45 seconds, every 3-5 minutes for several hours.” AWESOME!!! Can’t wait.
Feeling cramps, you’re not alone: