Twitching At Night

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi. I am 5½ weeks pregnant. I get a lot of lower back pain when sleeping at night. I've tried the pillow in between the legs thing. It doesn't work all that well.

Also Ive recently had this problem that when I fall asleep at night I find myself twitching like I'm falling off a cliff but I'm not. Have you ever heard of this it. I just started 3-4 days ago so could it be a reaction to my prenatal vitamins?

Thanks.

ANSWER

Leg twitching can be a side effect of the hormones produced during pregnancy for some women. You might increase your calcium and cut out the soda pop for openers, and speak to your provider about other things you might do to help yourself.

The back problem is fixed with back exercises. If you are already having trouble, I'd suggest to get going on those yesterday, already. Congratulations and good luck with your pregnancy.

-- Cynthia, CNM