Holly: Sleep During Pregnancy
Sleep is not something that comes easy to me these days. In fact, I haven’t slept well since my eighth week of pregnancy. This is a real problem for me because I am the type of person that needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night (preferably 9 hours). When I don’t get my sleep my brain doesn’t function properly and I get very emotional. It’s not a pretty combination.
In my first trimester I literally woke up 6 or 7 times a night to go pee. If I woke up to pee and took a sip of water I would be up again an hour later. It was maddening! Sometimes, I would get up and my mind would start going and then I’d be up for two hours. I went a week or two where I was up from 2:30-4:30am every night! My doctor said that this was normal and to try not to drink any fluids a couple hours before bed. I did this and it worked. Around 18 weeks I was only waking two or three times a night.
Now that I have belly on me I can no longer sleep on my stomach. This makes for a difficult transition because I find myself on my belly in the middle of the night. I wake up, startled, thinking I’m crushing the baby. Anyways, once I wake up I can’t go back to sleep.
I am now 24 weeks pregnant and the sleep has gotten a bit better. I roll over from side to side often and that wakes me up because I have to remember to bring my belly with me to the other side!
I know that as I enter the third trimester I will be up in the middle of the night to pee often. I feel that this is natures way of preparing you for when the newborn is here and you are waking up every two hours to feed him/her. However, it is rough because that is when you need your sleep the most.
I expect to be sleep deprived for the next year which means my brain won’t work well for the next year. Just warning ya…