Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week 28: Cramps and dreams

Tossing and turning, lower back aches, hyperactive baby in belly, sudden leg cramps ... and dreams!

Best dream to date: I was having a really short labour, our baby boy came out and started speaking to us.  Heh. This beats my giving-birth-to-aliens dream hands down. I also found some hillarious illustrations on expecting fathers' dreams -- see right :)

Meanwhile, some tips for those nasty leg cramps:
  • Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for too long
  • Stretch calf muscles regularly - upon waking, daytime, before sleep
  • Rotate ankles, wiggle toes when you sit, eat, be a "couch potato"
  • Take a walk every day, unless you're on bed rest
  • Avoid getting too tired. Lie down on your left side to improve circulation to and from your legs. However, if baby feels cramped on the left (and kicks/punches you!), switch sides as needed
  • Stay hydrated during the day by drinking water regularly
  • Try a warm bath or massage before bed to relax your muscles

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