Crafting and Cramps

“Are you the Holy, leg-reviving banana I have dreamed of?” 
Image taken from here
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much sleep last night due to some very painful cramping in my left leg. Leg cramps are very common in pregnancy so I didn’t think much of it at the time…my only thought was “Ow! Please stop with the pain I want to sleep; I only have around 11 weeks of being able to sleep left available to me until I’m not able to sleep again for 13 years.” (I’m now starting to understand why people take maternity leave earlier than 36-38 weeks…) Sadly, and rather painfully, the cramping has continued for the whole of today! Nick has been wonderful; rubbing Olbas oil into my calf, flexing my leg and toes and buying me bananas, but nothing has worked! So after a conversation with my Mutti, who is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, I waddled up to A&E just to make sure everything was ok and that my leg wasn’t about to drop off. The fantastic thing about the hospital here is that it has its own Maternity Triage for pregnant ladies 21 weeks or more (which we didn’t know about previously). The receptionist in A&E had a look of fear when I approached; I’m sure she’s seen her fair share of labour-crazed Mothers-to-be-any-moment-I-said-any-f**king-moment, and told us to go up to the Maternity ward. Once up there we were seen within 10 minutes; told that everything was fine (“Is this your first pregnancy?” *hangs head in paranoid, first pregnancy shame* “Yes”) and instructed to call if the leg starts swelling/turning red. Excellent news, but my leg still hurts a lot! Have eaten a banana, had some calcium (cheese for dinner) and waddled all the way to A&E and back… I’m hoping a warm bath, another Olbas oil massage and some paracetamol before bed will help me sleep tonight – otherwise I’m going to be very grumpy tomorrow! 
On the plus side I have done a lot of work on Grape’s baby book today! I lit my candle that smells of Christmas (it really does) and may have listened to some Christmas tunes before Nick got back from hockey…I then switched to musical theatre, and have spent the day singing away in my Craft room. I thought I’d post some photos of what I’ve done so far in case you’re interested; rather proud of the outcome. 
Because she has to understand about the nauseating few weeks I had to endure to bring her into this planet!
I always enjoyed hearing the craving stories my Mutti told (and still tells me) about when she was pregnant with me.
And more cravings…
I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend; if any of you have any top tips on how to relieve leg cramp without chopping off your leg, then any advice would be gratefully received! Tweet me or comment below.
Also, some exciting news! Nick has agreed to be my guest blogger to write about pregnancy etc from a male perspective. I might get him to write something tomorrow, so watch this space. 
Goodbye for now – my bath awaits!


  1. 7th October 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Hi Hannah love your blog! If you suffer with this cramp again tonic water is a must of you drink it through the day πŸ™‚ there’s something in it I’m sure! My aunts a midwife she was always handy when I needed her lol xx

    • 8th October 2012 / 12:43 pm

      Hi Hannah – thanks! πŸ™‚

      Tonic water? I will get some in just in case it happens again – fingers crossed it won’t; the bananas seem to be serving me well at the moment!

      She sounds like a very handy person to have around! xx

  2. 5th April 2013 / 8:52 pm

    The baby book is amazing. I love the way you’ve done it. Wish I’d done something like that x

    • 6th April 2013 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks Lauren πŸ™‚ I haven’t done anything on it for ages – I must get back on it! x

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