Post # 1
I’m about six months pregnant and have started having to wake up in the night to pee again every night. Yesterday I tried not drinking anything after dinner and that bought me a couple more hours of sleep, but once I was up I was up for awhile.
I’ve mentioned it to my doctor before when I wasn’t sleeping and I think she said I could take Tylenol PM or something, but I’d really rather not do drugs. At the time I was in the first trimester and she said I could start sleeping better later on or it could continue all throughout. For quite a stretch I did sleep better, but now I’m back to my old routine.
Has anyone found anything that works that doesn’t involve drugs? I do ok at work, but I’d rather sleep through the night if I can.
Post # 3
It’s amazing how even if you don’t drink anything before bed, you can still wake up in the night. That has happened to me, too.
I’m in my ninth month and think that getting exercise (a brisk walk if you can) sometime during the day has been helping me sleep at night. I’ve had weeks where sleep has been interrupted and frustrating, but in general, exercise does help me.
Other things to try: don’t have ‘screen time’ (i.e. TV or computer or iPhone) for an hour before bed. Read instead or do something else that might be relaxing. Or take a warm bath with lavendar scented bath gel, if that’s relaxing for you (and if lavendar is an ok smell to you during pregnancy). I can’t guarantee that you won’t wake up, but maybe the stretches of sleep you’ll get will be deeper.
Post # 4
I would suggest Melatonin . . yes I realize it is a pill, but it’s all natural and something your body already produces to make you sleep. The dosage is low (1mg) and it helps you stay asleep without affecting the health of your baby.
Taking a shower before bed and using lotion of soap with lavender, chamomile or ylang ylang will help you rest easier.
As for the peeing thing, pregnant=smallest bladder ever, not much to do about that one 🙂
Post # 5
We added a 3″ memory foam mattress topper to our mattress at month 5, and for the past month we have never slept better! I find that I am able to fall alseep immediately after I go back to bed now, and I’m waking up less often.
Post # 6
I don’t have any advice… I think, at some point, I actually started sleeping walking through multiple trips to the bathroom. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
my snoogle body pillow was an absolute necessity. and i took the occasional unisom when i couldn’t sleep — much safer than tylenol pm, and it helped tremendously (along with vitamin b6) for my nausea!