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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 |

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I was having a hard time with this as well. I went to my doctor about my really bad morning sickness, so he told me to get Unisom to help when I wake up. But it also helped me sleep! I would have thought a "sleep aid" is a BIG no-no while pregnant, but even after talking to the pharmacist, they say it's totally fine. So if it gets super bad, I would recommend asking your doctor about that. Good luck :)

Janae2317 |

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Well I wasn't having any trouble sleeping and was actually sleeping like 12-18 hours a day untill now. At 11 weeks I suddenly can't fall asleep and when I finally do fall asleep the slightest noise wakes me up and then I have to try to get back to sleep, which takes about 3 hours.

britanie |

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I know everyone is different, but I also had trouble sleeping during the first trimester, waking up with stomach pains and was just uncomfortable the whole night. But for me, when I got into the 2nd trimester, I was able to sleep through the night and have never slept better, I am always still tired, but at least I am not up hours and resless anymore.

gm.coffee |

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The white noise really does help. Rather its the exhaust fan in the bathroom if you have a bathroom connected to your bedroom, a desk fan, a white noise machine - which you can purchase at bed, bath, and beyond, or an air purifier. Try it out with your exhaust fan in the bathroom - thought some exhaust fans can be loud and you may want to try closing the bathroom door or leaving it cracked rather than wide open.

rokeywedding |

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I had the same problem at the beginning of my pregnancy. I would always wake up around 2:30. I'm not 34 weeks pregnant and wake up even more during the night. Last night I woke up every hour and had issues falling back asleep, and I was exausted when I went to bed. All the little tips to help we already do because my husband HAS to have a fan on and we both love the room colder. There seems to be no hope.

DuckyBear |

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I am so glad again to know that the things I am experiencing are normal! I'm in my 5th week of pregnancy. I go to bed early because I am sleepy but I toss and turn and can't get comfortable. My mind races (partly because I'm excited I think) and my heart is beating faster. Once I finally do fall asleep I wake up ever few hours - last night it was 2am, 4am (to go to the bathroom) and 6:30am! My husband used to have to drag me out of bed in the morning but despite my bad night sleep I am getting up before him. Then... I crash during the day. Napping at least once i the afternoon and then wanting another one before supper. I was told I would be tired but I didn't know I would also not be able to sleep! I have also been getting occasional cramping that has woken me up at night. No bleeding though so I was told not to worry, it's normal.

mrs.hau |

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I too just found out i was pregnant... my husband just got home from afghanistan a month ago so im pleased as PEACH.. to find out we are haven our first kid after two tours of deployments.. and almost 3 years apart because of them... I couldnt beleive it i thought i had the flu.. BUt i have been un able to sleep.. I lay in bed .. and toss and turn Un able to sleep ... i might get possibly and hour or two.. if that and then stare again ... it sucks... i hope this goes away .. so i can get more sleep....

tyandbritt0525 |

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I had the same issues with trying to stay asleep. I seem to wake up easily and have difficulties getting back to sleep because my husband is a snorer. I have found that the "snoogle" pillow is a huge help!

Amzy |

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Yup. Four weeks and not sleeping, at least not for more than an hour or two at a time. I can't nap either. I have read that cutting out caffeine can cause sleeplessness too. It's from your nervous system readjusting and it gets better after a week or two. I cut out caffeine immediately when I found out I was pregnant. I'm hoping that's at least part of the reason and I'll get some sleep soon!

HelloBaby21 |

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38 weeks pregnant and can't sleep through the night anymore. Uncomfortable, hot, anxious, restless, and worrisome. Woke up at 2 am and could not go to sleep again for the life of me, even though I will be at work late this evening and have a long drive home. Got lots of chores done by 9am, but I know by 2pm I will be dragging at work. I need a solution for a racing mind and always having to sleep on my side! This is the point where pregnancy is boring and you're just ready to be done with it and have your little baby with you.

cjderiese |

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Im glad to see that i am not the only one have trouble sleeping. Im 8wks along and this will be my first baby. Im having trouble falling and staying asleep. I dont know if its from the weirded hrs that i have been working or the fact that it was this time last yr that i had a miscarriage. I have cut out all the caffeine, sweets and any other thing that might be a bad thing for the baby and im not sure if that has anything to do with me not sleeping. Any ideas i would love to hear them.

SassyCountyGirl |

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant, and my son will kick literally all night, if my fiance is not sleeping next to me. And when he is sleeping in bed with me I have to be spooning him, with a pillow between my legs, one under my belly, back and head. He enjoys being the little spoon!

Jurban30 |

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hi, im 16wks pregnant and still cant sleep very well, i have been given piriton by my dr as my body is so itchy, i have the window open but i still toss and turn, i can go to bed at 11pm and need a wee at 12pm and then every hour after that, i am getting used to not having much sleep now and i know its all worth it in the end, i try to rest for a couple of hours at a weekend just to relax.

laralambert |

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I sure thought that it was too early for me to be having sleep issues since I'm only 4 wks on my 1st pregnancy, but i guess not! I thought it was because I was thinking about the future. I have known I'm pg since 3wk3d and I have been waking up around 12-1 am and it takes forever to fall back asleep only for DH's alarm to go off at 4:30 am. I might as well get up, but I'm so tired and leave for work at 7:40!

melijake |

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I am currently 18 weeks as of tomorrow March 9th 2011 I will be 19 weeks pregnant. I went to Motherhood Maternity at our local mall and bought Snoozer Body Pillows by Dream Weaver. WOW! I had the most restful sleep ever!! My husband even noticed that last night I was sleeping so restful. It is a great product. Well worth the money!! You can probably find Snoozer body pillows online too. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT BODY PILLOW!!!!

PoeticChick |

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same thing , having trouble sleeping, keep waking in the am...

Ludy84 |

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I'm 28 weeks prego and I've already followed all of these "tips" but that's not what's disrupting my sleep. Having to sleep on my side makes sleeping impossible! I bought a Snoogle Body Pillow and that worked wonders for about a week but now I'm back to square one. I've actually developed a knot under my left shoulder blade from sleeping on my side. I thought I had experienced back pain before but wow, the pain is excruciating. Any time I sit in a chair for more than 30 mins that knot starts acting up and changing my position doesn't make it any better. Now the knot starts acting up at night when I'm lying down. I've heard the only way to get rid of a knot is to get a massage every week or else the knot gets larger and even more painful. Any one else develop knots yet?

RachyD |

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I'm 10 weeks pregnant but have known since I was4 weeks along. Every morning I find myself up at 4-5 am which makes it impossible to sleep in on off days :( Normally I find myself emptying my bladder and then i'm back to sleep though.

teamtaylor03202010 |

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I'm 27-weeks along and am having the same problem as "RachyD" with knots in the neck and shoulder areas. Fortunately for me, my husband has been amazingly supportive and has will give me a 15-20 minute upper body massage before I go to sleep most nights. I've also tried making a nest of pillows in the bed so that I can sleep on my belly again, and have my belly rest in the gap in the centre of the pillows. This is amazing for falling asleep and giving my lower back and shoulders a break, but about half of the time I wake up with a sore neck (I never used to and I ALWAYS slept on my stomach). If anyone else has suggestions for more comfortable sleeping positions, I would LOVE to hear them.

raynathompson |

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I also use a body pillow and many other pillows but still cant sleep. And I have a white noise machine... and a snoring husband :( either he snores more now or I'm just always awake to hear it. So frustrating! I haven't slept through the night since I've been 15 weeks preg. I'm now 32 weeks. I'm a walking zombie :( I would seriously do ANYTHING to sleep 8 straight hours!!!!!!!!!!!

mdesigns4u |

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I am 11 weeks and was not sleeping well at all from 6 weeks through 10 weeks. Then I put a fan in my room and I am sleeping much better. I think it is the white noise and having are circulating around me. My husband says I am "hotter" to sleep with now (higher body temp) then before I was pregnant so I think I was getting too hot before the fan.

Atowngirl |

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I had a terrible time trying to sleep during first trimester. At first it was I was obsessed with the chance of miscarrying (not so much that I was scared of miscarrying, but that I kept anticipating it). Then it became an issue of the weather changing and thus night sweats. Now that my body (and the weather) have adjusted, I sleep pretty well through the night sweats and, while I do continue to anticipate things for no reason, my sleep is much more restful now that I am physically too drained to care.

amalinawolff |

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I'm 32 weeks now, during the first trimester I could never stay asleep. I'd fall asleep around 9 or 10, but wake up around 2am every day and be up until 4 or 5. I would have to go down on the couch and watch TV until I fell asleep. And our neighbors dog would be outside at night barking ALL NIGHT. I would never hurt an animal but I seriously contemplated shooting it. During the 2nd trimester, I slept the best. Now I wake up every 2 hours to pee, and I toss and turn all night. I did invest in a pregnancy pillow, and it worked really well during the 2nd trimester, but I don't think it's doing the trick anymore. I'd kill for a full 8 hours!! And either my husband or the dog is snoring which wakes me up.

bari516 |

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36 weeks here...and I only felt relief for a few weeks in the second trimester...then it was back to the all night restroom visits, eating tums for heartburn, tossing and turning because I can't get comfy even with a million pillows. Oh and now my brain is in Mama mode and any little sound wakes me from the deepest sleep when I finally get there. And I know that babies are supposed to be a little less active in the last month....but not my little one....she is still going strong with kicks and punches....but I welcome this...lets me know she is still hanging in there :) Good Luck ladies!!!

Tall Mommee |

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I slept fine up until I was 18 weeks along, now I'm 20 weeks. Before I was pregnant I always had to have a very dark room and a fan for noise, now I have a very dark room, 3 fans not only for noise, but to help stay cool, and I still just can not sleep! I am normally a stomach sleeper, but it hurts to sleep on my stomach now. I try to sleep on my left side (which is also somewhat normal for me) but that makes my arms go to sleep, and I can't stand sleeping on my back. I have a body pillow, and 3 other pillows to try and be more comfortable, but it still doesn't help. Oddly enough I'm more comfortable on the floor with a pillow between my knees and under my head than in my bed. Heck, I even sleep better on the couch, but I have a roomate and hate sleeping where he can just walk by. I just bought a new bed, memory foam, I can't wait until it gets here, I'm hoping it will really help.

tamz8705 |

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I use 2 different body pillows, one straight, one shaped like a C, and a little wedge pillow for my belly. I also have a fan that blows directly on me because I have such bad night sweats. I didn't sleep well in the first trimester because I had to get up and pee every 2-3hrs, 2nd trimester I slept GREAT, now I'm almost 29 weeks and as my tummy has grown, it is getting harder and harder. The fan and all the body pillows do help. My husband and I also upgraded to a king, instead of a queen, that made a huge difference for me too, just to have more room! I've given up on a good night's sleep! I try to nap a lot too when I can.

lisav95 |

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I'm 27 weeks and have been having trouble sleeping since the first trimester. I have a hard time getting comfortable enough to fall asleep, then I wake up at least once to pee, but the worst problem that I have is that my hips ache terribly! I've always been a side sleeper, so I thought I wouldn't have any problems sleeping through the night on my left side, but now I have to alternate sides. When one side starts to ache I roll over to the other until that side hurts too much... I'm back and forth all night. I also find myself waking up lying flat on my back, which sucks because I know I'm not supposed to sleep in that position, but I just end up there. The lack of sleep is turning me into a zombie at work... I hope I can survive another three months! I have been turning the temp down in the house at night, which helps reduce the middle of the night hot flashes, and I sleep with a body pillow - which is a life saver - but overall I'm finding it incredibly uncomfortable to sleep at night. My midwife suggested that I start taking a calcium supplement to relieve some of the aching, but so far it hasn't made any difference. She also suggested magnesium just before bed to relax my muscles, but that hasn't helped either. So I hear ya girls!

Sedonia2011 |

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I have terrible dreams and am not sleeping well either, I am just about 6 weeks and the dreams are crazy. My friends say this is normal and will pass. I sure hope sp.

hwolter1980 |

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I struggled with all the same things. I found these to help: Temp at night goes down to 66. A familiar movie comes on as soon as I realize I'm struggling to go back to sleep. Big paper next to bed for writing thoughts in the dark. Take a quick hot shower-the combo of hot shower/cold air (66 degrees) then cuddling back up in the bed does the trick on the worst of nights!

marriednlovinit87 |

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and I found that setting a pile of around 3-4 pillows under my back, neck and head put me in "sitting position". But, I do not sleep on my back, I sleep on my sides and I do not know why but that higher position is so comfortable and put me to sleep immediately.

martumoujan |

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Hey ladies! I too struggled with sleep during my first trimester. Trust me, it will probably get better. I used to wake up three times a night for no reason, but now I wake up once to use the bathroom. The most effective thing I did was make sure it was completely dark and totally silent when I fell asleep, this helped a lot. Good luck!

Emmy Lou |

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Ladies, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but i was a dead to the world sleeper. From the begining i've had trouble sleeping, waking 4-5 times a night and having trouble going to sleep again. Finally in my 27th week i'm to waking 2-3 times but still trouble getting to sleep. Hopefully this will get better. Good luck

reneelow |

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SO DURING THE FIRST TRIMESTER ISN'T IT A GIVEN THAT YOU ARE WIPED OUT, NO MATTER HOW MUCH SLEEP I GOT I STILL WAS EXHAUSTED. I AM 25 WEEKS NOW AND AM STARTING TO NOT GET VERY DEEP SLEEP AT NIGHT, LIKE I CAN HEAR WHAT'S GOING ON OR IF MY HUSBAND IS UP AND ASKS ME SOMETHING I WILL WAKE UP AND RESPOND, ONE THING MY OB RECOMMENDED WAS UNISOM I HAVE BEEN TAKING IT SINCE MY FIRST TRIMESTER FOR NAUSEA BUT IT ALSO DOES WONDERS FOR A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. AND IS SAFE FOR BABY

Shaelemae |

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So happy I'm not the only one. Although I wish we were all sleeping better! I thought that at eleven weeks- it was too early for lack of sleep but as I've read most of you are less than that & are having difficulties too! Do any of you first trimester ladies use body pillows already?!

JokersGirl627 |

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I'm almost 36 weeks and my biggest problem with sleeping has been hip and back pain. There are a couple of things that have helped me. Because I have to sleep on my side which really hurts my hips, I put a pillow or folded up blanket under my hip and torso. It cushions my hip more and I sleep with a pillow between my knees. The other thing that has helped me so much is I got a birthing ball, which is an exercise ball. I sit on it with my legs open and rotate my hips in a circle. It feels so good and really helps with hip and back pain! It's also great for helping with hip and back pain when you're in labor too!

Hoeydancer |

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I'm 27 weeks pregnant and having similar problems, waking up early in the a.m. (5:00 or so) and I can't get back to sleep. As exhausted as I am - and I REALLY just want to sit my butt on the couch after work at night! - I have found that getting some exercise is the key to helping me stay asleep through the nights. On days where I take a mile or so walk with my husband, I sleep great!

melissa0726 |

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I am 20 weeks and still wake up about 4am and can't go back to sleep. Cooling the room helps but I think I am freezing out my husband.... An eye mask helps too.

tssdmr |

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I'm 14 weeks and I find that continuing to work out and be active has REALLY helped. I sleep through the night (except the one time per night I get up to pee since I drink so much water) and I have energy throughout the day - even during the dreaded first trimester I wasn't as tired as some of my friends were.

RebeccaDaniels |

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All 5 tips above are great. I have been using all of those methods for the past 2 years and I sleep better than ever. Also, another good tip is to use earplugs. This way if your husband gets up to use the bathroom, it wont startle you. I live downtown where there are sirens throughout the night and such, so earplugs help with urban settings as well.

Jaclyn DiNardo |

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Another good method to sleep during pregnancy is to stay very active. Walking 1-2 hours a day at a swift pace will definitely help.

Jaclyn DiNardo |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am 2 days short of 35 weeks pregnant and I can tell ya there is not much you can do more than what the suggest. I am getting up like 20 times threw the night to go to the bathroom or even just to flop over. Its very hard to get comfortable. I know the best sleep is in our basement where the temp is slightly cold where i can have a bunch of pillows surrounding me and a blanket and not get hot. Lots and lots of pillows plus a fan for the sound and the air is my main recommendation for those newly pregnant!!! Good luck in the weeks to come.

korvis1988 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am 32 weeks a long with my second child and I'm sorry to say ladies that I'm still having some issues sleeping. If you are having terrible dreams they will eventually go away. Everyone is different and with that said my dreams lasted about 4 months. As far as getting up 4-5 times a night it will happen. I find that sleeping with a pillow between my legs is helpful as well as running the fan and having a window open. Also drinking some tea and like the article says, reading before bed has been helpful. I also keep a glass of water beside my bed because I wake up feeling thirsty and with it right there I don't have to go far to get it. Hope everyone gets some rest.

mattkimwood |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am 14 weeks and find putting a pillow in between my knees is much more comfortable especially with my growing belly..

elaine15 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 21 weeks and I've been waking up in the middle of the night at the same time too! Kinda funny to here that I'm not the only one:) This started early on in my pregnancy and has continued throughout. I feel it's a way to get me use to waking with the baby when he is born. Thank you Mother Nature!

julieeharris |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

i am only 15 weeks, but already get up 3-4 times on average to pee in the night. it's awful. i haven't slept through the night since i found out i was pregnant - it started with 1-2 times/night and has been as many as 6-8 yikes! i can only imagine when i am substantially bigger. also 68 degrees is a glorious thing! love it!

Marymak07 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

hey. I'm 4 wks preggo. I sleep throughout the night. maybe my sleep patterns will change but even before i was P i used to get up @ about 3 in the am to use the bathroom. found out i was preggo the wk after we tried! xcited!!!

empressmama |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm not newly pregnant, but I am still having sleeping issues. This is my second pregnancy, and I am 33 weeks along, but I have not been able to fall asleep very easily, I take a shower to wind down, but then it still takes me at least 2 hours to fall asleep, by then it's 2 or 3 in the morning, then I wake up at 4, it takes another half hour to get back to sleep, and then I am up at 6 to get ready for work, if anyone has any useful tips please let me know seeing how I am desperate right now thanks.

mrsmoore0708 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and having a hard time sleeping too. From going to pee 5x a night to the back pain.

PrincessAnu |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 18 weeks and was waking 1 or 2 times nightly and then having a challenging time getting back to sleep - Someone suggested supplementing magnesium and I've been sleeping well since

littlemsnaughty |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 10 weeks and I was waking up at 1 a.m. every night. My husband bought me a sleeping mask and it's done wonders! Now I'm waking up 3 times instead of 4, but just to pee :-)

stephker |

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pinkpixie11303---RIGHT THERE WITH YOU GIRL!!! I am 23 weeks, my hubby gets up at 1am for work and it used to wake me and keep me up. I am a stay at home mom for twin 5 year old boys, and I babysit 5 other kids ranging in age from 4yrs to 1yr, sporadically throughout the week. Now I sleep soundly from 1030pm until 230am, then am awake until 530am, and have to get up at 630am for incoming kiddies. I am a total stomach sleeper, and this time it is really having an effect on me, I cannot seem to get and stay comfy. I wish I had a recliner right now because I caught the cold going around and have a sinus infection, and a touch of bronchitis...not to mention I need root canal, and two extractions...the pregnancy is going fine, but I am proving to have more problems health-wise carrying 1 than I did carrying twins...

twinboysmama23 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am 37 1/2 weeks now and really just expect not to be sleeping well- I mean how could you? But, I had probably my best sleep between 20-34 weeks so take advantage! I of course thought my doctor was nuts when she said stop drinking earlier in the day- because I am a huge water drinker- but it really does help to limit fluids in the late evening- 8:00 (or earlier if you can) and then make sure it is dark in the rest of the house so that when you do get up to wander to the bathroom you aren't taking in too much light waking you up even more. As for one other tip- we flipped our mattress about 2 weeks ago and I don't think I realized it at first but I had worn a pretty good dent in the last 35 weeks so flipping has helped with a little more support for the rest of the bod! Good Luck!

terenner |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

Lots of pillows, a fan, and a nice dark room. Once in a while a couple of Tylenol PM (OB approved) if necessary.

lydia molnar |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am just over 10 weeks and CAN'T sleep. I was getting up a few times throughout the night the last few weeks but now the past 4 days or so I have not been able to fall asleep at all. I have used every bit of "white noise" there is (ex.: fan, beach sounds, spa music, television.) Nothing is working and now it is effecting my job. I am a police officer and work 12 hour shifts. I have taken 3 sick days in a row, which is completely out of the ordinary for me. It is really driving me crazy. I have taken maybe a one hour nap in the afternoon if I am lucky. So, I know it's not me being counter productive by sleeping all day. I am at my wits end here and don't know what to do. I see that someone recommended tylenol pm. I will talk to my doc on thursday at my 4 week check-up but wish there was something that would work naturally and sooner. I can handle the nausea, gas pains, using the restroom many times throughout the night, and heartburn but I need to sleep. Please help :(

kristinalynn13 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I've been experiencing waking up at around 3am every morning since the end of July, which makes me think I'm farther along than predicted. I've been taking over the counter sleeping pills and Benadryl ever since. It's pretty much the only way I can fall asleep and stay asleep.

kimmy2002 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 4 weeks pregnant and am having the same problem! I wake up between 1 and 3 and can't fall asleep afterwards, despite fatigue and headaches during the day. It's been like this for a week and a half but I'm told it gets better in the second trimester. I am going to try white noise, despite hubby's resistance to fans!

annegilbert |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I'm 21 weeks pregnant and am having more trouble sleeping in my 2nd trimester than I did in my 1st. I was groggy and tired all the time in my first but I could sleep better at night. Now I have a more energy and no nausea but the trade off is I wake up 4 to 8 times per night now! Don't really have to pee each time but I'm just uncomfortable. Not in pain, except for the occasional pregnancy-related carpal tunnel issues, but just restless and can't get comfortable. I use Ambien (with OB's approval and Class B drug)- quarter to half a pill - most nights but it doesn't do much for the mutliple awakenings - works great to keep me asleep throught those first all-important first 3 hours of sleep though. But I will definitely take this over the 1st trimester exhaustion and nausea! And I will enjoy the sleep I get now because I remember how zombie-like I was with my son the first few weeks of his life! And, at age 40, I know my great sleeping days are long over. Unfortunately, sleep deficit/difficulty sleeping is part of pregnancy/motherhood. But I've learned to pick my battles and appreciate all the wonderful things about pregnancy/motherhood.

DaisyMom15 |

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jerryms |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am 5 weeks along and I am used to getting up in the night to pee prior to getting pregnant, now it's twice in the night and at 5AM I am wide awake! I do not usually get up until 7. I am roughly getting only 6-7 hours of broken sleep and it worries me that it's not enough.

stalback |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I am only 8 weeks and I'm also experiencing knots in my shoulder blades while side sleeping. I've been sleeping on my side my whole life, and we have a memory foam bed! I've decided to buy a wedge since sleeping on my back causes me to snore and stomach sleeping is not an option. So hopefully sleeping on the wedge will keep me elevated enough.

Megzy6 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

i am 36 weeks pregnant and go days without sleeping and it is getting pretty frustrating.. i started having panic attacks and losing my breath while sleeping when I was 21-22 weeks pregnant and that didn't get any better but at least i slept throughout the day now sleep is like a once in a while type thing and i still have panic attacks no clue as to why.. i have notified the OB several times but they have done nothing for me and have no answers for me either.. if you get at least 2 hours of sleep cherish it i would do anything for an hour's worth

BiABaBYY |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I was like that with my first. Toss and turn, sleep hard, wake up at two, fall asleep lightly, then up at five for work. Love my body pillow. Excellent investment. With this one I've been having bad dreams, so I get up even more. Idk.

PetuniaFeatherbottom |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

This is the worst! I can barely manage to get through my work days anymore! Without fail I am up at 4am every morning, toss and turn for hours and then by 6:30 my alarm is going off! I usually am in bed and trying to fall asleep by 10-11pm each night, surround myself with pillows and put calming music on but still cannot get a good, restful sleep. I'm only at 8 weeks, how am I going to manage the rest of the time while still working? No coffee isn't helping either!

Kyliedawn |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I woke up every night at 2:55am also. I'm not really sure if I am pregnant. I tried the pregnancy test three times three days before expected period but the results are all negative. It kept frustrating but my body tells different . Is there anyone can help me as well .....

Annalized |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

I also had problems sleeping at night and my husband told me I grind my teeth at night, is it normal? I am pregnant in three months. I bought recently a night guard for teeth grinding and it helps, now I sleep well and don`t wake up several times during the night.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Hard time sleeping while pregnant?

Sometimes sleep comes quickly, other times not that easily. But the times when i can fall asleep nicely, it's a fact that i will wake up around 3:30 am because of nausea or empty stomach or discomfort feelings on my belly area. And then it's hard to find any comfortable sleeping position. If i'm lucky, i will fall back asleep around 4:30:00-6:00 am. But then again, in workdays my wake-up-call is already at 5:30. So i wake up, look my awful self in the mirror, think that it's just my 8th week and it makes me ask.. Seriously? If this is just the beginning, then how bad it's going to be on the last trimester?! Any tips? Sorry, i don't have. There are rare nights when i have long and peaceful sleep, but in these cases i've been extremely exhausted. I wouldn't want to say go and exhaust yourself until you fall from your feet, lol:)

Oneway2Moon |