Post # 1
Does anyone have any tips on uncaffeinated alertness. I’m in 3rd month and have become a grump when I do not get 7-8 hours of sleep, and if I get 7 hours I definately need 8-9 the next day or I will be an unfocused grump. Well deadlines are coming up so grumpy pregnant lady has to pull late nights this week. Did you have any tricks to staying focused or waking up on the occasion when you didn’t get as many hours of sleep as your sleepy body wanted. I know sleep is important, and it’s not a regular thing, but I just feel like I pulled an all-nighter last night even though I got 5 hours of sleep. Before pregnancy, that would have been a cake walk to get through the day until it was time for a good nights sleep.
Post # 3
I had to take naps during my lunch break just to make it through my 8 hour days with 10 hours of sleep the night before. Is there anywhere you can do that? I went to my car and set my cell phone alarm to wake me up.
Post # 4
My sister drinks watered down green tea during her pregnancies. I know you aren’t supposed to have caffeine, but she drank coffee every morning before she got preganant so it was a compromise.
I wish offices had nap rooms in general, I think it would increase productivity!
Post # 5
@TheFutureMcBride: I bike into work so that unfortunately wouldn’t work for me. Though I am close enough that I can on occassion bike home for a nap if I’m really tired. However, if I’m really tired, I don’t usually want to take the energy to bike home.
@moderndaisy: Maybe I’ll do some tea today. Oh if they had a nap room at work I’d be so much more productive. I have to give my brain a break when I’m writing. If I’m on weddingbee a lot it’s because I’m writing, my brain just can’t stay focused on the same subject for more than a couple paragraphs.
Post # 6
I had to nap in my car during my luinchbreak. I started calling it my nap-car. I almost never drive to work (usually take the train) but there’s no way I would have been able to stay awake at work without nap-car for a few weeks 🙂
Post # 7
I napped in my car too! I WOULD NOT stay awake if i didnt. Pregnancy is so tiring :/
Post # 8
@snmcdowell- Nap-Car! Love it! haha.
That’s what I would do when I start feelin that way!
Post # 9
I’ve taken a few naps. I can’t sleep in my car right where I work, but there is a parking area/pull off a few miles from work and I’ve gone there to sleep on my lunch hour. I allowed myself a diet soda (w/caffeine) once every day or two during the first trimester too. Most dr’s okay 1-2 12 oz servings, so that might help get you through this time.
Post # 10
There was a girl at work who definitely slept in her office quite a bit. We’d just tell her we’d wake her if something important came up. It was kind of an office joke.
She just left a month ago to start teaching, but luckily her crazy tiredness had mostly passed by then.
Post # 11
My boss would let me take naps in her office. (she has a couch)lol! I’m in the second trimester and I’m not tired during the day anymore so I don’t need to nap. I do go to sleep by 8PM though. It’s so annoying.I hate it.
Post # 12
Everywhere I’ve read, it says you can have 200 mg of caffeine a day. Just have one cup of coffee when you need it.
I was planning on drinking coffee through pregnancy, but actually the smell makes me sick right now. I drink the green tea occassionally.
I am tired. I am almost at 3 months too. I nap. But I have weird hours and I can take breaks.
Post # 13
If you figure this out, tell me. Addie was up teething for the last couple nights, and I feel like I’m getting nothing done at work. I keep daydreaming about napping in my file room!
Post # 14
Decaf, baby! For starters, it has a very small amount of caffeine. Secondly, if you are a coffee drinker I think you can trick yourself a bit — your body associates coffee with wakefulness so it’s like a mental thing. I mean, it’s not like a shot of espresso, but I think it works when one is really desperate. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Post # 15
Decaf helped me! At least until the smell made me gag (so sad, I LOVE the smell of coffee!).
Seriously, if you can squeeze in even fifteen minutes with your head down midday, it will make a world of a difference. I wouldn’t have gotten through my first trimester without it!
Also, if you’re almost out of your first trimester and still exhausted, you might need more iron. That was the case with me anyway. The placenta takes all your energy the first few months, but the baby kept sucking up all my hemoglobin afterward. I have to take food based iron supplements plus prentals with iron to get enough!
Post # 16
Amazingly enough water and banana’s helped me to stay awake and dear god I was tired ALL the time. I have to work a 4-12 shift Thur and Fri and then a noon-midnight shift Sat’s and Sun’s so those days where particullarly difficult for me but good ol’ water and banana’s helped….who knew.