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Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I’m newly pregnant and having a hard time sleeping at night. What can I do?

Re: I’m newly pregnant and having a hard time sleeping at night. What can I do?

The Bump Expert

Normal hormonal changes often heighten an expecting mother’s senses, making her more aware of her surroundings -- during the day and night. If you’re feeling restless at night, focusing on your physical sleeping space can help improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. The recommendations below were actually created for the young children we work with, but we’ve found they also come in handy for new moms:

Room-darkening curtains:
Think about how well you sleep at a nice hotel. It’s those thick curtains that create a wonderful sleep cave. A good way to determine if your room is dark enough is to shut off the lights and stand in the room for a few moments. After your eyes adjust, the room should be just light enough that you can barely see the outline of your hand. In an urban environment, this level of darkness is hard to achieve with blinds alone, so we recommend installing blackout liners or heavy drapes. Not ready to make the investment in new window coverings? Try this temporary solution: Tape up black garbage bags in your windows using painter’s tape. More permanent shades may be a worthwhile investment if you notice a difference in your sleep that night. 

Temperature:
Most people sleep in bedrooms that are much too warm. This makes it difficult for your bodily functions to slow down and keep you in a restful state. The ideal temperature for sleeping is 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Invest in an indoor room thermometer to see how your room truly measures up. Then make whatever changes you can to achieve the ideal sleeping temperature. If you’re prone to hot flashes during pregnancy, this ideal sleeping temperature will feel fantastic.

White noise:
White noise is really the must-have ingredient for uninterrupted sleep. We recommend purchasing or borrowing an actual white noise machine rather than using radio static or a bathroom fan. These machines generally cost under $30 and are highly effective and easily portable. But, in a pinch, a loud table fan would work too. White noise is wonderful because it helps cancel out noises that can rouse you out of lighter stages of sleep. It may take a night or two to get used to white noise in your bedroom, but eliminating external noises (ambulance, snoring partner, furnace kicking in) will go a long way in helping you sleep more soundly during your pregnancy.

Downtime:
Another overlooked element of good sleep is adding wind-down time to the end of each day. You wouldn’t put a baby in front of a television right before bedtime, so don’t do it to yourself either. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, put a stake in the ground and declare that the last hour before bedtime is reserved only for calming and nonstimulating activities. Take a bath, read a book, or write in your pregnancy journal -- you’ll be thankful you made time for these things once the baby arrives!

Postbaby tip:
The first three hours of sleep are when we’re in our deepest, most restorative sleep. If you can ensure this time isn’t interrupted, you’ll feel much more well rested in the morning. This is especially helpful to know during those first few months home with a new baby when they need around-the-clock care. If new moms can find ways to protect their first three hours of sleep each night (e.g., have Dad do the 10 p.m. feeding), they’ll have much more energy during the day and be able to enjoy their adorable newborns even more!

sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

re: Q: Sleep solutions while PG?

This is very helpful. I am 7 wks pregnant and have been waking up in the middle of the night (2:30am) for no particular reason, then have a hard time getting myself back to sleep mode for the past 2 weeks. Before pregnancy, nothing would interrupt my 8 hours sleep.

floridabride07 |

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I experienced the same thing early on in my pregnancy whereas normally I would never wake up. I am now 17 weeks and it has gotten better for me. It improved after the 1st trimester. Good luck!

alw0602 |

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i use pillows

IDONEMYJOB |

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i wake up @ 3am and have a hard time falling back to sleep and i am having terrible dreams...i hope this goes away soon i'm 7 weeks pregnant.

jerseygrl17 |

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I find that when I am waking up too early it's usually because I am hungry so I get up and eat a bowl of cereal then I can go back to bed and sleep for a few more hours.

e_anna07 |

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I am only 6 weeks but also having trouble staying asleep. I'm a light sleeper anyway, and it is twice as bad right now. I'm up 2-3 times a night, and my dreams are much more vivid (and sometimes scary). Lucky for DH, he sleeps like a rock, so I don't bother him much...

katiepavo |

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I know I am constantly tossing and turning, I am 5 weeks pregnant, I am a stomach sleeper and i get nervous when I start cramping when Im trying to sleep. Haven't slept through the night since I found out. It could be excitement

lmhgator |

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I'm just 5 weeks pregnant and actually just recently found out I was pregnant (although I was having symptoms for a couple weeks prior), but I find that I can't fall alseep because my mind is constantly on the baby and the next 8 months. I've also had some pretty significant gas pressure so those in combination are really making it difficult to fall asleep. Also, my husband gets up at 3am for his job and I always wake up to the alarm and then I have a second round of trying to fall asleep. Any suggestions?

MrsKueffer |

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Im 6 weeks pregnant and have known i was pregnant since a week before my missed period. Just this week things have gotten worse. I used to feel GREAT! Until this week. I can't sleep. I toss and turn, and when I do fall asleep its not good sleep like usual. I recently lost my father also which is added stress. Any ideas on how to sleep better..??

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I agree! I am 9 weeks pregnant and I try to go to bed early to get enough sleep, and it turns out pointless because I wake up at 2 or 3 AM and can't fall back asleep for hours! Help! Should i just go to bed later?

meredith.helmick |

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I'm glad i'm not alone. Ive been waking up at 2.30 everynight for a week now,for no particular reason. Its been driving me mad. I am 5 weeks pregnant

jellybean81 |

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i am 5 weeks and i dont realize i am waking up at night by my husband tells me i toss and turn. also, my hips are killing me. i love to sleep on my side but it hurts so bad. anybody else having issues with that?

Laura+Taylor |

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SO glad to hear that I am not the only one out there with this problem. I have always had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. But ever since I found out I am pregnant (almost 7weeks along) my sleeping pattern has changed dramatically. I am super sleepy around 9-10pm, when my usual bedtime was 1-1:30am! I have no problem going to sleep its staying that way that is driving me nuts! All this week I have been up at 5am! Today it was at 3:30am...I hope this goes away soon as I have a stessful job and really need to rest.

NYNewbieMom |

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Hmm... I didn't think I was far enough along for this to be screwing with my sleep. I thought it was more about my busy mind than anything. But I, too, am 7 weeks, and the last three weeks have been hell on earth trying to sleep. I'm normally ready to pass out about 8:30pm but havea hard time falling asleep, and then I'm always awake around midnight and again between 2am and 4am. And then I normally can't go back to sleep at all. If I do start dozing, it's right before I have to get up for work or my step-daughter wakes me up. Before, I was the best and deepest sleeper around. Now... I'm ready for a nap by 10am because I'm not getting enough sleep at night. I hope it gets better.

ambrvan |

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Hey ladies, well I taught for a while I was going to bed too early, but I'm so happy I'm not alone in all of this. My boyfriend lives with his mom and I live with mines too, about 12am to 2:30am I up with so much energy and not a single sleep in my eyes, the bad thing is that I have to rise at 5am to prepare myself for work when I get there I'm now totally ready for a good nap.

darky01 |

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I have no problems sleeping. I go to bed at 8PM every night and am still exhausted in the morning. The only time I get up is when I have to pee which is a new development since I got pg. I never got up in the night before.

jkfranklin |

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I am 8 weeks pregnant and I can still stay up until 10 pm at night, but I wake up around 5:30 every morning. The whole day I just want to sleep! I am so tired all the time, but when I try to go to bed early, I just lie there. Ask my husband and he usually can't get me out of bed before 9 or 10 on the weekends, this is just weird and kind of frustrating!

MysticMary |

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I am 9 weeks prenant and this is my second child. All I wanted to do when I was pregnant the 1st time was sleep like 14 hours a day, now I can't sleep sound at all and I'm up sometimes at 11 pm and alot of the times at 2:30 am mostly to pee but I have to get up at 4:45 am for work so hopefully this won't last long .

dwestman |

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I am 8 weeks pregnant, and I have been having problems sleeping. I have already tried the pillows and heating pad. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

NewMommy2010 |

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im so glad im am not the only one with this issue. for some strange reason i wake up in the early morning (3-4am) and have a real hard time falling asleep again. by the time i manage to get comfortable enough to sleep i have to get up for work. any suggestions on getting better sleep..?

jeannette_espinoza@sbcglobal.net |

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kerr210 |

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I am having problems sleeping too. I cannot sleep on my side cause it hurts my hips. I recently purchased a temperpedic bed in hopes that this will help. I have tried pillows and all sorts of stuff. Nothing works! I used to be a great sleeper! Loved sleeping! Now I dread bedtime because I cannot sleep. Pair this up with nausea at night and not being able to eat during the day because of nausea and I am one miserable pregnant woman right now! I am not even on week 7 yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really worried and wondering how I am going to survive!

LReyeros |

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I am 9 weeks and I usually go to sleep at midnight because it's difficult to fall asleep, then I wake up at around 4 and can't fall asleep for an hour or two. My fiance is a tow truck driver so he's on call 5 nights a week. I used to wake up every time he got a call, now I don't even hear half of them. I don't want to get up until 9 or 10 and then I'm tired all day, I can't eat a whole lot because most of the food I'm used to eating makes me sick now. I'm also a Stay at home mom and take care of a 6 and 3 year old. I am a side and stomach sleeper and no matter what way I try to lay it's uncomfortable. Plus I can't breathe due to a sinus infection or bronchitis the doctor didn't specify, lucky me!

pinkpixie11303 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

It's good to know that I am not the only one who is experiencing problems with sleeping. I am 7 weeks, and prior to getting pregnant, I never had trouble sleeping. I used to look forward to sleeping. Now, I usually get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and then it takes me awhile to get back to sleep. Plus, I have been having stomach issues so that wakes me up and I lay there hoping everything is okay. I am usually a stomach sleeper but now it is quite uncomfortable. I am going to try one of those pregnancy pillows to see if that will help to make me feel a little more comfortable!

nkotbsgurl |

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2:30-3:00 must be the magic time because i am having the same troubles. My doctor said it is completely normal with the hormone changes making me restless and also causing the need to pee 3 times a night at just under 5wks. Can't wait for what is to come. :) I am having really vivid dreams too. I feel like I am peak and valley through the day and night. But it will all be worth it!

mandy25km |

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I am having similar experience as MysticMary... I fall asleep pretty quickly, wake up early, and am constantly sleepy. In fact, a couple days ago, I almost passed out at work- and I am a THERAPIST!!! (Imagine me falling asleep in the middle of a session- ha!) However, the tips about "downtime" and setting the scene with the right temperature seems spot on!

Annie4581 |

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I am going through the same thing! im only six weeks by the way... so i seen my doc today and told her that im having a difficult time sleeping and she told me its normal and will get worse as our babies grow. but her suggestion was to buy a very long body pillow and sleep on ur left side with it. Ill be trying it tonight. Let me know if it works out for you mommies. =)

meka_mommy |

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Oh gosh, I have not confirmed yet if I am prego or not but reading this just makes me more sure that I am. This is my 4th pregnancy and I swear I am pregnant. I wont know for sure until next week. Anyway, this week I have not slept a full night. I am up around 2am wide awake just thinking about baby things and takes about 2 - 3 hours for me to fall back asleep. I have been nauseated on top of that and have to constantly use the bathroom. We will see what my results are next week.

jessie3167 |

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wow I am having the same issue! I wake up everynight around 3 am and can't go back to sleep! I am only 5 weeks! Whats it going to be like when I am 7 months????

nicT42509 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm so glad it's not just me! I'm 7 weeks and haven't slept through the night in the same amount of time. My husband can't understand why I'm so sleepy at 8:30, but I manage to stay up until around 10. I usually wake up around 12 and again around 3. A warm shower before bed helps me relax, but I'd love a good night's sleep!

kattymarie79 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I used to be able to sleep and sleep and sleep! Now, I get tired all the time and try to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but it does no good. I'll lay down at 10:30 PM only to wake up at 2:00 AM and can't go back to sleep! It's crazy. This never used to happen to me before. Also, the waking up to pee is new for me as well. I hardly ever had to get up to go to the bathroom before I got pregnant. hahaha. On the bright side...at least I'm not going to have my period for a while. :)

tlacroix2 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I have been having the same issues with sleep! I have always been a great sleeper....but now that I am pregnant I wake up at least 3 or 4 times per night. I go to bed around 9 PM most nights (crazy early for me!) and wake up at 2.52 AM on the dot to pee. Then I wake up at 3:45 AM because I feel like I'm going to barf. Then I wake up at 5:50 AM for absolutely no reason and I just stare at the ceiling for a good 30 minutes until I fall back asleep. Alas, I always have to be up by 6:30 so I generally get only a handful of quality hours of sleep. I'm 6w4d currently, but this has been going on since about 4 weeks or right when I found out. Surprisingly, I found that a glass of chocolate milk before bed has TOTALLY cut down the wakeful episodes. I only woke up twice last night!

jmmiller28 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

i am usually a stomach sleeper and ever since i found out, Ive been sleeping on my sides and since then i cannot fall asleep as well i used to .. i toss and turn all night and adjust til i find the right position and IT SUCKS :\ now im 11 weeks and its getting worse specially with the on going pain ughhhh

NS09 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

i have found it diffucult to get to sleep right away usually leaving me up for about a half hour to a hour and have been waking up at 8am almost everyday, im not sure why, any one have an idea as to why this is happening?

carolinev1103 |

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant with my 1st child and am completely exhausted! I used to start out sleeping on my stomach then switch over to my back. I've of course read that you're "supposed" to sleep on your left side. So since finding out the wonderful news, I've been trying to switch my sleeping habits. I end up tossing and turning all night and only sleep for maybe an hour or two at most at one time. When I wake up, I find I'm on my back! Hubby gets up at 6am with all the alarm bells razing and I'm awake then again for about an hour. I go to bed early and find that even if I'm in bed for 12 hours, it's still not nearly enough sleep. I'm still wanting about five additional naps during the day! (I'm not taking them - but I do want them lol!) I'm fortunate to not have to pee during the night (yet) and so far don't have any morning sickness either. I'm hoping that I'll start to adapt soon. I'm also worried about finding a job being pregnant. I know they can't fire me for being pregnant - but can I still get hired? Any help would be appreciated.

Littleone23ca |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and when I try to go to sleep I have more trouble getting comfortable then I do actually falling asleep. I then am wide awake around 3:30-4:00 am :( If i dont come home and take a nap on my lunch break it makes the rest of the day very rough.

mynewstart17 |

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This is my 4th pregnancy and I knew I was pregnant because I could not sleep. I just lay in bed miserable. I try to get up and do something, so then maybe it will make me tired and I can go back to sleep for a while before I have to get up, get the other kids ready, and go to work. I am also tired most of the day no matter how much I sleep at nigth or take naps during the day.

mncrm15 |

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This all makes me feel SO much better... I have been going to bed between 9 & 10 & waking up, like clock work between 2:30 & 2:45...every single night. glad to know I'm not the only one! 6 weeks

Beanlly |

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I am 12 weeks pregnant. I too wake up in the middle of the night, most of the time to pee, then have a hard time getting back to bed. I have been up for about 2-4 hours before falling back to sleep. I normally try to watch tv for a while until I fall asleep. Sometimes reading can help too. I'm hoping when the mid-evening tinkle time subsides I will be able to sleep through the night again.

KimJohnson522 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

WOW you gals are all so early on, I am 21 weeks and its my third pregnancy. For the first few weeks I was ok, really vivid wierd dreams and felt exhausted during the day all day up until about 12-14 weeks prego and then i felt like I constantly had to streatch my leg out, this happened with both my other pregnancies. not cramping like some get but I recently found out its restless leg syndrom which is very common in pregnancies. Just as your body starts to relax (even if your just sitting on the couch) you feel as though you need to streatch our leg (for me my right leg) it seems to go away shortly after baby is born but its to the point where I will wake up in the middle of the night cause i need to streatch my leg!! anyoen else fin a way to deal with this!?!?!?!?

melyssaloney |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I've gotten to where if I fall asleep on my DH's chest I focus on his heartbeat and I seem to pass out faster. We went to his dads last week and DEAR GOD, i didnt think I was ever going to get any sleep. Between the 2am pee-a-thons to hearing wierd noises... i was miserable for the first 3days

ElleC22 |

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I've been having the same problem too. We have an 8 month old so I go to bed between 9-10, she sleeps all night. Every night I am up by 2 AM, usually stay awake for 2 or 3 hours. It doesn't matter what I do all day long, I wake up. I don't currently have a job, but I don't nap, run a few miles everyday and keep busy. So a friend of mine posted this on my Facebook after I complained about not sleeping. "A lifetime of insomnia has taught me two coping mechanisms that work 78% of the time (1) tell yourself if u cant sleep u have to get up and do something u hate and have been putting off. Give urself 15 mins and then really get up and do hated thing. U will sleep better next time (2) design a house u can never actually have in ur mind to stop thinking about the things waking u and lull u to sleep." But I guess that only works if your mind wanders at night! Good Luck!

dhoban01 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

If you ask your doctor, most of them seem to be okay with telling you to try unisom if you need some real relief...otherwise, at 17 weeks I can promise you that it DOES go away (at least temporarily) for a lot of women....I know I've been sleeping a lot better the past few weeks! Hang in there!!!

mbarrette |

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I was an 8+ hr a night sleeper dead to the world the whole time, now I always wake up 1-2 times per night. I've found two things help: 1) I eat something right before laying down, usually just a handful of crackers to settle my stomache so I dont get hungary. 2) I try to taper off on the water close to bed time and to use that bathroom right before laying down, most always i wake up having to pee. Gosh isn't pregnancy fun! :) Hope this helps someone else.

allardr |

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I always joke that I'm narcoleptic, because I can sleep anywhere, at anytime, at the drop of a hat. I typically sleep 8+ hours per night, but 5 weeks pregnant I've begun to notice that I'm tired earlier around 8:30-9PM and I'm waking up around 2-3AM, going right back to sleep and then waking up super earlier than usual 5-6AM. I think like some of the earlier posters said, it's just anxiety and excitement, because I'll wake up in the middle of dream where I'm telling my family, decorating the room or actually imagining myself with the baby. It hasn't been too bad, I just tell myself that it's my body's way of preparing for mid-night feedings and changings.

BookersMom |

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I wake up about 10 times a night to use the bathroom, before being pregnant I used the bathroom a lot but now being pregnant at 16 weeks..I go A LOT. So sleep does not occur very often! I am going to talk to my doctor about what I can do to get some more rest because it's getting a little crazy with all the peeing and what not!

mpmitchell2012 |

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I have the same problem and I take Vit B12 500 mcg. it helps. I told my OB and he didn't say no.

dodo1202 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

This is my 3rd pregnancy and each pregnancy I have had the same sleep problem. I am a single parent of one, my 2nd pregnancy was a miscarriage but even then sleep was a problem. Now my 3rd pregnancy I dream about my ex, I'm up at 3 in the morning, and I can never fall asleep. Lately for the past few days I been sleeping in my son's bed I know it's wrong but it helps me sleep. I feel relaxed and I sleep through the whole night like a baby. But I'm trying different ways to go to sleep comfortablely.

kahmile13 |

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I find it hard to sleep myself sometimes i would wake up every hour. I got alot more z's after i started sleeping with a body pillow laying on my right side in between my legs

Aries mama |

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im 34 weeks tomorrow and i find that i tend to stay up really late. i just cant fall asleep, ive tried pillows warm milk reading before bed but nothing worked. Ive talked to my doctor and she said there are some same meds mommy's to be can take and it will help up sleep.

Alli89123 |

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I am just under 5 weeks and I am already having trouble sleeping. I find I'm waking up thirsty. What I have been doing is making sure I have water very close by so I don't have to get completely out of bed and wake myself up even more.

MrsGIJon |

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I'm 34 weeks with my first and really my problem is, is that I just can't get comfortable. I"m tired all day and all night and really cant get to sleep until after midnight, even when I head to bed, tv off, lights off etc around 9:30-10. I just lay there and toss and turn. I've tried the milk, the pillows, the warm shower (hard to get in and out of the tub by myself) and even tried sleeping sitting up on the couch, bed, chair with my feet raised. A few nights ago I wasnt able to fall asleep until almost 4am! Folks say "oh you will just be ready for the all nighters once she is born" but Ive had this trouble since about month 4! Any suggestions?

Jwu61281 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I have a hard time sleeping at 20 wks, constantly switching from the left to riight side of my body since sleeping on tummy and back are no longer an option. I just tried sleeping with a pillow under my side and tummy for support and it has made a little bit of a difference. I am still not sleeping all that well but then again, it could also be my snoring hubby next to me :-)

jnett76 |

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I've had the hardest time sleeping in my early pregnancy: An explanation my chinese doctor gave me can be found in TCM's organ/meridian clock: most of early pg women can't sleep between 1 and 4 as this is the time the body deals with liver and lung: Liver is the organ which deals with nearby changes and changes that one will have to make and is the "stubborn" part in our body system ("wanting" everything to stay as it is and not change a bit), the lung would be the one dealing with already made changes and plays the "breathing" and "breathtaking" part (obviously) as changes continue. You might have a look at that http://integratinghealth.net/lifestyle/sleep/body_meridian_clock/ That info helped me a lot to deal with it - just being calm and aware of what is happening with my body, not forcing to sleep, but go to bed earlier than normal, staying up from 1 to 3 and go back to sleep as I got tired again. Knitting also helped to realy, and those blankets I made helped me to handle the "mummy change". Now I'm 23 wks and those waketimes in the middle of the night are quite over. Only the cute blankets stay :-)

KatziWien |

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Im 6w4days preg. I have had the worst time sleeping between the peeing, nausea and just not being able to get comfy! I did not do this with my last pregnancy! In fact I slept like a baby, even after waking up to pee I could go right back to bed! I dont want to take meds but I have a 3 year old son and work and this no sleep is taking its tole on me! Any meds that are safe for pregnancy and do NOT contain an antihisthimine?? (unisom, benadryl etc) Im allergic!! Help!!!

rlsimmons88 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

My first trimester all I wanted to do was nap and I've never been a napper. After the 10th week, i get 1-2 hours in the evening, up at 1or 2am then can't fall asleep untill five, up at 7am. I'm 28 weeks now... no sleep for the past 18 weeks. I've tried everything short of drugs.

egreenlee2@tampabay.rr.com |

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I can fall asleep but I toss and turn all night. I am 8 weeks, and find it uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach. I am trying to sleep on my side but I flip over and it wakes me up (cramping and some bloating). Sometimes I end up face up which will eventually be bad as well. I broke down and bought a pregnancy pillow called the preggle. Of al the pregnancy challenges, I never saw this one coming!

Carrie2375 |

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I am 28 weeks. 1st trimester all I did was sleep. 2nd trimester I got random bursts of energy. Recently been having a hard time sleeping (getting up to pee, back aches, etc.) I started mass hydrating earlier in the day and tapering off at night. I now only get up once if all to pee at night. Also, I lay on a heating pad and read an hour or so before bed, or my SO and I lay in bed and play cards, talk, etc. It helps. I have always been a side stomach sleeper so that wasn't a change for me. And don't worry about sometimes laying on your stomach. They baby can't get any more squished than what he is :)

143BabyCakes |

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See I had that problem but then I started staying up later and later and now I sleep pretty peacefully through the night... Unless I have to pee then I wake up at anytime of the night! But then again I'm only four weeks so we'll see how long this works for me!

j&dalmand |

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im 13 weeks pregnant and sleep was just not working for me, until my sister suggested i try sleeping on to couch and now i sleep so much better.

mommi2B2013 |

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it's SO nice to hear i'm not the only one with insomnia in early pregnancy. i am almost 5 weeks pregnant, and i've had problems sleeping all week. i can usually fall asleep, but i wake around 2am and am often up until 4:30-5am. in the past, when i had the occasional bout of restless sleep, i'd drink a few ounces of red wine. it calms me down and puts me to sleep. now, i obviously can't use that trick...

surfmamaSD |

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant.. I've been having crazy nightmares for the pass 2 weeks. I want it to stop. Especially if I keep waking up in a bad mood.. Its not fair for people around me.. I can't wait till I get to 2nd trimester

michellew23 |

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I am 23 going on 24weeks pregnant and I have a very hard time sleeping, have been since we found out we were expecting.....I toss and turn all night, up and down to go to bathroom, thank God we have one in our room :) Pain in lower back and round ligament pain as well. It sucks..... I try to be as active as can be but with no to little sleep at night I am exhausted during the day.... Tried everything I have been told to try and get comfortable but it doesn't help....... Any suggestions?

kellbell51677 |

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I am very glad I found this website, I kept thinking this is crazy I basically just found out I'm pregnant. I am about 7 weeks now and have been waking up nightly about 3am. I have found that a pillow between my knees helps a lot with the pain in my hips. I also keep peanut butter crackers by my bed so I can roll over eat and then fall back to sleep. Thanks for all the reassurance and good luck!

laurie81007 |

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I am 4 weeks pregnant and I keep waking up at 4:00 a.m. I used to sleep straight through the it but for some reason I have terrible vivid dreams and then wake up at 4:00 a.m. And can't get back to sleep. Then I'm exhausted at work all day. Any suggestions??

Scarlson421 |

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I have a hard time sleeping as well.. falling asleep, staying asleep, getting comfortable. This morning I tried eating something although I didn't feel hungry and it helped me slip right back asleep! It's worth a try!

JamieD7887 |

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I am 27 weeks pregnant, and it is terrible to try and get comfortable! Espically when you have this bump that is in my way! It is so hard.. I have to sleep in pitch BLACK rooms. No lights, but only my fan. Sometimes I have to sleep with my baby daddy because he helps me sleep also. But it's very hard to get comfortable on a single bed with two people.

tinktori97 |

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I am 31 weeks and I woke up around 2:30am every night for most of my pregnancy. Sometimes falling right back to sleep and other times laying there tossing and turning then I have a reprieve for a few weeks but I'm back at waking up numerous times a night. I hate it!! I sleep with a body pillow but wrestling it around while I move sides because my hip and backs hurt is not the easiest.

JBeans76 |

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At 10 weeks, I am also having restless nights, mostly due to new lower back pain. I have pre-existing back conditions, so I already have been sleeping on my side with a pillow between my knees for years. Any other suggestions?

nanocablano |

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I don't know why Unisom isn't more widely talked about with pregnant women. I have always had trouble sleeping and, now that I'm pregnant, it's just gotten worse. My doctor told me to try Unisom. I did a little research and found a couple interesting things. First, the CDC puts it in category B for pregnant women--no adverse affects have been found in any trimester. This is the same category as regular strength acetaminophen. Second, Unisom can be used as a mild anti-nausea medicine. When I take it at night, my morning sickness is reduced the following day. I think the effectiveness with nausea is different for different women, but it's worth a shot. Lastly, if you want to try it, make sure you buy the sleepTABS. Don't buy the gels. The gels have a different chemical that is not safe, but the tabs are fine. Of course, ask your doctor ahead of time, but so far this has saved me.

Andrea621 |

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This is my 4th time pregnant and im 10 weeks now. I find that lots of pillows work wonders. Try tucking one between ur legs, one under ur belly. I also put one behind my back. Although i still have a hard time sleeping this helps out alot.

angeljessie87 |

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and I am having a terrible time getting comfortable too! It is driving me crazy! I sleep most of the night (maybe up to pee once) but I wake up pretty early and I get so sleepy by early afternoon. It takes forever to get comfortable - I wasn't expecting this until later lol #tired

ourlittlegift |

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I wake up an average of twice a night and then I usually wake up half an hour before my alarm goes off (it goes off at 5 am so that is a joyful experience... not). I'm ALWAYS tired and only 6 weeks along. Luckily, I'm usually able to fall back asleep quickly. It's hard to get work done when I want to sleep all the time.

cocopuff09120 |

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@MrsKueffer - My husband used to work crazy hours too. So we use the living room as the awake room, and the bedroom to sleep. He likes to stay up until midnight, so I don't keep a tv in my room. Normally he falls asleep on the couch anyways. Before he falls asleep I ask him where he plans on sleeping. If my bedroom door is closed it's a signal to him that he missed the boat for sleepy time and now has to sleep on the couch. This worked with my second child too. Whoever was up to take care of him slept in the living room with him. Now that we're on baby no. 3 I'm a little more assertive in wanting my sleep time to go uninterrupted. He's okay with that.

redbeaker23 |

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These tips were very helpful! Hubby and I have been working on getting a better routine and I purchased a body pillow. Before we would watch tv until falling asleep. I'm still waking up once a night, but that is much less than what I was dealing with before!

cocopuff09120 |

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i had a hard time switching from drinking sweet tea alomst everyday to non caff. drinks, im only six weeks, but ive already noticed that if you just stick with water most of the day and a small snack before bedtime, you'll get a lot more sleep! hope this helps!

deannac317 |

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Been having the same problems. Pretty much found that if I'm waking up within two hours of when I should that I just get up for the day, take care of what I usually would when I get home and then take a short nap before making dinner instead of chores then. If it's completely in the middle of my sleep, then I get up to pee, snack, DRINK, and do something REEEALLLY boring to me (write in my journal, reading some sort of manual or I'm ashamed to say it, but reading my Bible always makes me drowsy!). Good luck ladies, the sleepiness should past soon after the first trimester! :-)

JHBarker |

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I am currently 28 weeks and have slept like a baby the past 2 weeks since I ordered my body pillow. I bought one from bed bath and beyond that literally goes all the way around my entire body, and I sleep MUCH better.

vasseur25 |

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I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and since the day I found out about our little miracle, I have had issues sleeping. I have no problem falling asleep, but staying asleep is my issue. My BF wakes up very early in the morning (between3am-4am), and I often wake up from his alarm and am up for 2-3 hours before I manage to fall back asleep and get another hour or 2 of sleep. My OBGYN told me that I can take Benadryl every night to help, but that doesn't seem safe to me and my issue is not falling asleep, it's staying asleep. If anyone has any tips to help, please share!!! Also, if I wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, I have no issue falling back asleep.

csully1110 |

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I have a question: you're supposed to sleep on your left side for better circulation, right? But each morning my ear hurts like crazy from being slept on like that. Has anyone had that issue?

dianeyface |

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My problem is feeling anxious and uncomfortable with myself. It takes me about an hour or more to get to sleep. I'm miserable. Help!

writer007 |

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Thank god I am not the only one either. I HATE not being able to sleep. I'm 9 wks and I wake up every night around 3 to am and between that time and 7 am I toss and turn for about another hour of sleep. All that tossing and turning makes my back soar when I wake up. And by 4 pm the next day I'm ready for a nap and no matter how hard I try cannot stay awake sometimes. my last pregnancy I was exhausted and practically slept thru the whole 1st trimester, this one not so much.

BabyWaitingGame2 |

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For the women who are only a few weeks pregnant and cant sleep. Its probably just stress that's keeping you up. I was 18 weeks pregnant and my Husband and I would wake up at the same time every night, WIDE AWAKE and just talk about any random thing we could think of to ease our minds for the night. It helped a lot. We were nervous at first, being this is our first baby. Now I am 33 weeks pregnant and we cant wait to get him here!! Ive found that finding a comfortable position is getting A LOT harder every week. Aches and pains, big o' belly, staying HOT all the time (my house is currently set on 65 and I'm still burning up). I have no clue what a good nights sleep is anymore and don't remember the last time I had it. I just assume its good practice once the baby gets here, or at least that's what everyone keeps telling me, lol.

jamielou1005 |

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I am 5 weeks pregnant, and I wake up at least 2 or 3 times a night to either use the bathroom or because I have bad dreams as well. I don't sleep good, and rest is out of the question. So, once I wake up around 4am, I can't seem to get back to sleep so I am extra tired during the day and have to take naps before my 13 year old gets home from school....

AngelMom2 |

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I am 26 weeks pregnant and I haven't been able to sleep through the night since I found out I was oregnant. I get up around 2:30a (that doesn't include the times I have to go to the bathroom) every morning and have a very difficult time getting back to sleep. Maybe it's God's way of preparing us for our little one. :-)

Deanna0104 |

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Im going thorough the same thing Im 7 weeks pregnant and I just want sleep. my DH is getting me a preggers pillow to see if it helps but im doing everything natural. I have never been a good sleeping but this is horrible. I do lavender baths, tea, warm milk. classical music, even melatonin pills. Nothing working and I hope this pill helps. As for the hip/butt pain anyone have any idea what that is. This is number one so I havent the slightest clue my first appointment is tomorrow so Im hoping for some answers.

MOHLee |

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This is my first time pregnant and I have some problems sleeping even when Im just laying there :(

SophiaW1105 |

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I find this gets worse in the later stages of pregnancy. I am 27 weeks pregnant with twins and I am having a very difficult time getting comfortable enough to be able to sleep. When I finally get comfortable, I wake up for no reason what so ever. My advice, pillows, and lots of them. My poor husband has no room in bed because of all my pillows but I prop my belly on them and have one supporting my back. It really does help!

Amyseth926 |