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Monday, January 18, 2010

Restless Leg Syndrome: A symptom of pregnancy?!

With both pregnancies, I have experienced this phenomenon. Now, let me be the first to say that I was a total skeptic when it came to the legitimacy of this condition. It was funny to watch all those drug commercials saying that this was debilitating and ask your doctor about this med. I thought they were all nuts. But, I have it now. In the last half of both pregnancies, I have gotten what I call RLS for pregnancy. It is when you have the uncontrollable urge to move your legs or flex your leg muscles. It's a total pain in the neck. It usually comes on at night around 11 or 12 and lasts several hours. If you see my legs all cramped up under me, they are flexed and I'm dealing with a bought of this strange syndrome right at that moment. If you see my leg bouncing out of control, it's the same thing. The problem is, you are still using energy to do this movement so you can come out of it with sore muscles and completely exhausted if it's a long bought.

Moral, don't judge what people are feeling until you walk a mile in their shoes, or bounce your leg for 3 hours without being able to stop...

1 comment:

  1. I have RBS (restless brain syndrome). I have this uncontrolable urge to move it around in the middle of the night too.