Monday, June 15, 2009

Don't ask questions, just get the soap

My dilemma: I want to lie on the couch and take a nap. My legs, however, want to run five miles or do a tap dance or jump up and down. I can't actually do those things because, like I said, it's only my legs that want to do it. (And I don't know how to tap dance.) This only happens at night when I'm really tired, not during the day when I could do something about it, and it drives me nuts. It's called restless legs, and many women suffer with it while pregnant but not at any other time. I had it while pregnant with Suzi but I thought I was going to get away without it this time, after a friend with the same due date got it a few weeks ago and I still hadn't had it yet.

The solution: My grandmother had the same thing and told me (during my first pregnancy) to put a bar of soap under the fitted sheet of my bed. I thought, "now how is that going to work?!" But it did. Since I enjoy lying on the couch late at night, Jordan got me a bar of Ivory soap and we wrapped it in a thin piece of fabric. Which I use downstairs and then carry to bed with me. I don't know why, and I really don't care, but it works. However, I might also look into getting some of this, which someone recommended to Julie. That way I won't have to go to the movie theater or ride in the car with a bar of soap in my pocket.


KLM said...

i couldn't help but delurk and leave a comment. since i work in the hospital. i see all sorts of supplements for every condition out there. one that pops up frequently is potassium gluconate for RLS. i really dont know if it works, but it could be worth a try.