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At my last Dr. appt. she said to take benedryl or unisom and to please take something because the insomnia couldn't continue. I don't have trouble getting to sleep, but I wake up and stay awake for hours without taking it. I take the benedryl.
This is one of my least favorite parts of being pregnant. : / Prior to getting pregnant, I also had problems sleeping, but when I did, I had a prescription that I could always take. Now, I wake up constantly throughout the night for varying reasons.
What I've found so far that helps me are the following:
- if you can stay active throughout the day or excercise, that will help
- take the above mentioned otc meds. if they don't work, talk to your Dr.!
- if possible, download a noise making app for your phone and keep it in bed with you. I use a free app called "Rain, Rain". There are quite a few free ones out there to choose from.
- if you have a laptop, pull up youtube and search for "Jody Whiteley". She has a range of sleep hypnosis, positive visualization and deep relaxation videos that will play for hours on end. I've used these and theyve helped. Just shut your eyes and listen. I just put my laptop on the floor so the light from my screen won't distract me.
- do you have an old box fan? it's great for white noise too.
- of course drink plenty but you can cut yourself off several hours before bed to try to cut down on potty trips. Also, when you pee, try to "double void". Lean forward and sometimes more urine will come out. This will drain your bladder as much as possible for the moment.
I hope this helps and that you can find some relief soon!
Thanks ladies... I have been taking a magnesium supplement and will be ordering a new essential oil blend today to see if that helps. I am also getting Hypnobabies and hopefully using that helps with sleep.
I work third shift but normally my days off I can revert back to a day schedule with no problem but this is getting horrible. I refuse to take Benedryl because of how I react to it.
This sounds awful but the baby is extremely active at night and I think it is part of my insomnia. I get kicked awake and then I start dozing off and boom kicked again. I have forgotten what it's like for babe to be active..... *sigh*
TI had trouble with both of my other pregnancies and this one in the beginning as far as insomnia goes. I never took anything because I get paranoid about taking things unless I really need it. But in all honesty I should have taken something. When I woke up at night I would be sure not to turn on any electronics. I would make peppermint tea and read a book until my eyes got tired and then go back to bed and just shut my eyes and keep then closed until I frifted off. Sometimes it worked other times it didnt. Benedryl and Tylenolpm (basically tylenol with benedryl) do help. Benedryl is best but if tylenolnpm is all you have it works also.
I've had this problem with this pregnancy too. I don't think I've slept more than 2 hours at a time in WEEKS. I'll lay back down and fall asleep again eventually, but it's really hard to stay asleep very long, even when I'm exhausted. It sucks! I hope you find something that helps you.
I haven't had too much trouble sleeping - except last night because our newfie is having some joint problems and was fussing about all night...his claws on the floor make quite the ruckus!
But...I often have a hot shower or bath right before bed, it helps release all the tension from my body and clear my mind. Our cool-mist humidifier also helps because it makes a slight low hum when it's on so it's perfect not only for keeping me from waking up due to a painful and crusty/dry nose & throat but for white noise as well.
I also use a separate cream for my belly (and boobs!) at night then I do during the day...it helps because now I associate that particular scent with sleep.
Lastly - I'm sorry for bringing this up again, but seriously ladies - the SNOOGLE! lol, it has really helped, before I was waking up due to hip or back (or boob) pain, now I don't