Post # 1
okay, I have NEVER had issues sleeping. I mean ever! I go to bed and can sleep for 7 to 9 hours with no issues and I cherish it dearly. Ever since I got pregnant (I am 16 weeks) I have had one night of restful sleep. It is so bad I remember that one night. My mind isn’t racing or anything – I just get up about 4 times a night because I can’t seem to stay comfortable.
I bought a body pillow, ocean wave CD, used lavendar. I am all out of ideas, so if anyone has any – please share.
*Now I know for everyone that is already a mother, this 7 to 9 hours wiill not continue but I would like to cherish it as along as I can
Post # 3
Do you excercise at all? I feel like the difference in me getting more restful sleep is if I get at least 30 minutes of excercise. Also eliminate any caffine past lunchtime (including chocolate), other than that, sometimes stretching before bed helps me (for relaxing muscles).
I’m 30 weeks and I’ve just started getting uncomfortable, mostly because I keep having to get up to pee and sometimes I feel like I can’t breath or I get indigestion (sorry if that’s TMI).
Post # 4
yeah that happened to me too. I found that the joint relaxing that happens made my hips super achy at night and I moved around a lot trying in vain to get comfy.
ITs a bummer and then progresses to more frequent wakings to pee – or being awoken/kept awake by your kicking and active baby 🙂 I think your body is trying to just get you ready for motherhood !
My only suggestion is to find a good prenatal yoga center – if they know what they are doing, they will focus on exercised designed to help the pregnant body feel better and you might get some relief that way!
Post # 5
I would agree with exercising both your mind and your body. Try to have a clear “debrief” period at the end of the day to wind down. Also, don’t lay around on the couch for 1-2 hours watching tv and then expect to just fall asleep easily and comfortably.
I am in the same boat at 20 weeks and the only great explanantion I have gotten is “its hormones”. I keep my kindle next to my bed so I can read for a few minutes before falling back asleep.
Post # 6
Warm baths always helped me prepare for bed at the end of the night; very relaxing and it helps with those pregnancy aches and pains. I swear I practically lived in the bathtub my last trimester. 🙂
Post # 7
I had it terrible in the first few weeks. I found that taking a hot bath and switching my yoga routine to the night instead of first thing in the morning really helped. It seems to be back on track, though 🙂
Post # 8
I used Benadryl. Its perfectly safe for you and the baby and helps you sleep. When I didn;t have Benadryl I used Tylenol PM.
I have 2 beautiful babies and they are smart and perfect
Post # 9
I really feel your pain!
I have had SO much trouble. I took warm baths and tried to exercise. I even got to the point where I took a little benedryl because that dr said that was a safe med.
another thing is try to not take naps during the day and don’t let yourself sleep-in too much on the weekend.
Post # 10
Warm baths and try to not think of anything.. Your mind is racing and eventually you will start nesting.. So try and get rest. I found that a back rub also helps. Try and sleep while you can as you get bigger with your pregnancy it becomes more difficult to get comfortable. I found that the recliner in our living room was my best friend months 8 and 9 lol
Post # 11
thank you everyone for the advice. I do exercise but it is usually during my lunch hour. I think I may try to make it after work so I can wind down better. I have been doing a mix between ballet bar and pilates so maybe it will be of better use after a long day at work. I will try the baths too…….hmm…I feel a bubble bath my way very soon.
Post # 12
oooh bath sounds nice!! I had this way of positioning the pillows around me, like a cocoon. Also sometimes I would sleep upside down on the bed or move to the couch. It helped for a few weeks but it was pretty rough. I feel ya!
Post # 13
I just want to add to please check with your doctor before taking medicines while pregnant!
Post # 14
It’s been a nightmare for me sleeping since my second trimester. I would be up all night until 4 a.m. or later. I tried herbal tea, no caffenine and I’m afraid to take a sleeping aid being pregnant. I feel asleep at 9:30 this morning. from last night! I slept for about 1 1/2 hours last night, woke up starving, ate, did house work, got coffee in the morning, went on the computer. Bizarre right. I was going to keep myself awake so maybe I could fall asleep tonight but ended up falling back asleep for about another 3 hours this morning. DH gets so pissed every night and has to sleep on the couch sometimes bc I keep him awake. He don’t get that I just CAN’T fall asleep.
Post # 15
I am 32 weeks and I’ve been getting awful sleep the past week or so.I’ve been sleeping with a long pillow between my legs and under my belly and one bolstering my back. It didn’t help that much.
However, I got a prenatal massage this past weekend, where my LMP really worked on my lower back and I’ve been waking up less due to back pain. It really helped. I’m not sure how far along you are or what exactly is keeping you from getting sleep, but that’s my 3rd trimester advice.
Post # 16
@wagamama: Oooh yeah on the prenatal massage. I didn’t get one till recently (because I didn’t really start having any pains till now) but it was awesome. Plus my therapist had a lot of good advice.