When Charley Horses Attack #reverb10

Lesson Learned
What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
(Author: Tara Weaver)

It’s not “the best” thing to learn, but I feel it’s important that I know this now…

I’ve learned that I’m in no way ready for childbirth.

This morning I got massive leg cramps. In both of my legs. AT THE SAME TIME.

Yes, I know calcium is the answer. Or Vitamin D. Or something that isn’t in my diet of french fries and nutty buddies, but I’m not interested in lectures on nutrition right now.

Right now, I’m interested in the fact that I was nearly brought to tears by Charley Horses. This would be find if said Charley Horses were, well, REAL HORSES. And trying to come out of my nose. But these were just leg cramps, People.

The good thing about knowing this now is that I can prepare those around me.

Dear Mark, Mom, Midwives, and Vanderbilt students learning about the miracle of childbirth… I’m sorry for being so rude and scary right now. It’s me. Not you. NOW WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME AN EPIDURAL?!?!?

I’m also going to get educated. I just finished reading Ina May Gaskin’s: A guide to childbirth. I would highly recommend it to everyone because no one is more afraid of labor than I am and this book really helped me change my perspective on what labor could be and maybe what God intended for it to be.

We’re also doing a childbirth class. But we’re doing it in the privacy of our own home. Via DVD.

I know lots of people enjoy meeting other pregnant couples and all that, but we’re getting our fill of pregnant women through the centering class I’m in with the midwives (more about that in future posts, I’m sure). That and when your pregnancy newsletter says that classes fill up quickly they aren’t lying. I went to sign up and everything I was interested in was full. So DVD was the natural next choice and I’m actually super excited about it. We’ll be using the Small Wonders Education Series which means that we can go at our own pace and I don’t have to worry about elbowing Mark every time he forgets he’s supposed to be a cool, caring, progressive dad and makes gagging sounds when someone says “vagina”.

So bring it, Charley Horses. I’m ready. Once I get that epidural…

4 thoughts on “When Charley Horses Attack #reverb10

  1. Shannon says:

    Oh, I love this! You will be ready and strong when the time comes – mother nature just take over. I was scared shitless when I had my daughter at 22 (almost 17 years ago). I fought pushing for 8 hours because I was petrified of the pain. But somehow I managed and even though my epidural wore off by the time I had to push (the REAL pain), she was born happy and healthy and I forgot about the struggle.

  2. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    The solution to Charley Horses are to stand up. Stand on your feet and like magic, the charley horses will stop. πŸ™‚ You’re welcome.

    Unlike Shannon, I have not forgotten about the unpleasantness that I experienced. However, I think I am rare. I have heard so many positive stories about other births. I, in typical me form, just have to take the difficult road. There are lots of people that have told me they “only pushed like 3 times” and said it wasn’t that bad. I am praying it’s easy for you too!! πŸ™‚

  3. Liza says:

    Just wiggle your feet! I used to get them all the time and eating bananas all day long never helped. Lol

    I was scared out of my mind too. You are not alone on this one. I was even afraid I wasn’t going to know when I was in “true” labor or what phase I was on. I won’t share horror stories cause it really wasn’t that bad. It was more embarassing than anything else…:-/ I know…I know…childbirth is natural. You’ll be fine!

  4. Mari says:

    Preparation is everything! It just didn’t stop me trying to walk out of the hospital half way through. Seriously, I remembered everything I’d learned right up to the moment I decided… let’s do this another day!

    Afterwards, holding my son. That’s the moment I remember. That’s the moment I hope you remember as well, holding your child for the first time πŸ™‚

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