Running is so good for cramps!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I woke up early this morning with HORRIBLE cramps. I had to prop myself up on pillows while my husband stroked my head in order to get comfortable enough and reduce the pain enough to fall back asleep. Then, I was kind of crampy all morning and into the afternoon. We were worrying about it a little bit, because of the pregnancy and the fact that in my mind, at least, it's a tenuous pregnancy because of my weight-loss-driven hormonal issues that caused our initial infertility (for which I had to do injections in order to grow an egg...or two)....but after looking up cramps during pregnancy, I decided that it wasn't anything to do with the babies. I must have just eaten something funny.
So I figured I'd go ahead and go running, because exercise always helps cramps go away. And it felt GREAT. :) All cramping sensation disappeared after about 15 minutes, and that lasted for about 20 minutes or so after I got home. But then the cramping slowly returned. Very mild, but still. I went shopping for a couple hours, all the while feeling periodic twinges, tuej came home and took a hot shower and ate dinner. The cramps are much better now. Basically gone, though I still have that kind of bloaty feeling.
If only I were able to run all day long! That would have kept those cramps at bay! Unfortunately, I don't think I'm up for that level of exercise duration. :)
But anyways, if you're ever feeling crampy, I strongly recommend a good jog! Or a brisk walk. That always helped after my appendectomy, when I was all gassed up for like a week or two afterward and wasn't allowed to run yet. Exercise = nature's tylenol! (Well, depending on your problem, obviously...don't think it would be too useful for burns or, say, broken ankles!)