Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m almost 9 weeks pregnant…I go to the doctor for my first prenatal next Monday & then we have our first ultrasound next Friday (can’t wait)! While I’m super excited, I’m also super exhausted!! During the day, I feel like I’m literally dragging, so when I get home, I make sure to eat some dinner, before I can’t stand to stay up anymore & I end up falling asleep for about an hour or so. That puts me roughly around 8:30pm or so. Normally my hubby and I try to get to bed around 10:30/11:00 every night. While I know the hour nap contributes to this some, I seriously toss & turn allllll night long! I can’t get comfortable to save my life, which then entails me having a restless night of “sleep”…which I’m certain contributes to me dragging during the day, along with all the other things going on with my hormones and all. We did just order one of those pregnancy “C-shaped” pillows the other night-should be getting that tomorrow, to see if that will help. Do any of you Bees have any tips in different things I can do to help me get a good night’s sleep? One of my coworkers told me to try to spray some lavendar oil on my pillow & also try to listen to ocean sounds at night before bed.
Any tips would be GREATLY appreciated!!
Post # 2
I’m right there with you. I get pretty tired throughout the day most days but come night time, I’m awake A LOT. I hope the pillow is helpful to you!
Post # 3
Thank you!! I’m sorry you are dealing with it too…it really sucks! Do you have one? I will let you know what I think, when I get it. It seems like Thursday can’t get here soon enough!!
Post # 4
Lavender essential oil for sure!!! I also took the occasional unisom which was ok by my midwife.
Post # 5
One of the worst parts of pregnancy for me – I was such a good sleeper, and almost the second I concieved I stopped being able to sleep through the night. My issue was not bladder (although it is now at 23 weeks), but rather tossing and turning, and every time I would turn over I would wake up.
I never got a pregnancy pillow, but I would just take normal pillows, and put on under my belly, and one ‘under’ my back, so that I was propped upp a bit on my side. This helped some, but honestly, early pregnancy is doing such insane things to your body, you’re going to be tired, and probably won’t sleep very well for a long time.
Post # 6
Just wanted to make sure you’re not taking your prenatal vitamin at night… my prenatal vitamin gave me insomnia, which I’ve read it can do for some people – just thought I would mention this 🙂
Post # 7
KKML125: girl, I hear you. I’m 13 weeks now and STILL not having a good nights sleep.
I found that laying on my back (gasp!) with a pillow under my knees was the best way to fall asleep for me, which was odd because I’m a strictly side or tummy sleeper.
Also, make sure you’re wearing something comfortable to bed. I don’t like elastic on my stomach and there were nights that I just wore a giant tee shirt because I was so uncomfortable.
I haven’t bought the pillow yet, but I need to. I sleep with 3 pillows now just to get comfortable and it takes up a lot of room.
Good luck! I hope you get some sleep here too!
Post # 8
16w4d and still not sleeping through the night. I think its just the way it’s going to be unfortunately. You could ask your doctor about Diclegis if you want, I took it for a few weeks in the beginning for morning sickness and it usually knocked me out, at least for a couple hours. Its basically just unisom, which is safe!
Post # 9
32 weeks pregnant: Unisom is a lifesaver. Benadryl is another one my OB commonly toutes if it makes you drowsy. I don’t have a brand name body pillow like the Snoogle but my husband bought me this amazing body pillow stuffed with bamboo (It’s thick and memory-foamish) and it’s also a lifesaver.
Post # 10
Oh man, does misery love company?
Yeah, it’s perfectly normal to be a walking zombie in the first trimester. No one *quite* understands just how tired you are, but you just are and you will be until you make it into the second trimester 🙁 (not only is your body busy building another human, but towards the second and third trimester, you’ll have 30-50% more blood volume and it has to come from somewhere–the bulk of that blood is made in the first trimester, and your body needs a lot of energy to make it)
I wish I could tell you that my nighttime slumber improved–it did a little, but it’s still kind of hit-or-miss, and I’m finding that I’ll be awake for 1-2 hours in the middle of the night before I can get back to sleep.
But with all things pregnancy, you should ask for pharmaceutical help. Really–I’m fairly granola-crunchy, but I do think that moms too often “tough it out” when there’s really no need to do that, especially if you work 9-5 and really NEED your sleep to function on the job. Call your doctor and explain what’s going on. There are sleep aids out there that are safe for pregnant women–s/he will give you the names of any that are OTC or prescribe you something stronger if needed.
Post # 11
KKML125: Uggh, it only gets much worse. :/ I look forward to having a good nights sleep (maybe?) when the baby comes in a few weeks.
Post # 12
KKML125: now that i think about it, my first trimester was pretty hard for me to fall asleep. I imagine that your body is working so hard to provide for this little human you are creating that sometimes you are just so wired! As tired as you are phyiscally, you just can’t fall asleep. This is just my theory, lol
try lavendar oil, really try hard to not think about anything, as hard as that is because the minute you get pregnant you are probably paranoid about everything, especially if its your first time.
Post # 13
Maybe instead of taking that nap, push yourself to stay up that exra hour and then get ready for bed, maybe then when you go to sleep you’ll stay asleep longer (hopefully for the night). If you’re just napping on the sofa then just go straight to bed so you won’t have to get up again! I’m 13w and the exhaustion is fading but now I’m restless at night between dreams and my bladder even though I can usually fall asleep ok. While I still had that awful exhaustion I was going to bed at 8:30 and sleeping straight through till my alarm unless I had a particularly vivid dream that woke me. Good luck! sometimes I think it’s just natures way of getting us used to not sleeping so it’s not quite as bad when then baby gets here and wakes us up all night lol
Post # 14
I am like a hot minute pregnant 4w+3d…and I have been wide awake since my bfp last week. I’m obviously not uncomfortable yet, but I think it’s nerves and excitement.
Post # 15
Thanks so much, Bees! I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one suffering from this. The only thing I read up on was trouble sleeping in the 2nd & 3rd trimesters…I thought I couldn’t be the only one suffering from this! Glad that I’m not, but I am sad for those of you who are having trouble, because it does make for a long day, the next day….or rather the first-however long your body wants to go on like this-weeks! I know I have lavendar oil at home, so I’m going to try that tonight. And to my surprise, I just checked Amazon and the pillow was actually JUST delivered to our house, instead of it being delivered tomorrow, so I’m SUPER excited to try it tonight!! I will have to let you ladies know if it helps or not. I got the Snoogle “C-shaped” one.
Thanks again ladies! Here’s to better night’s sleep for all of us!!