Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Sleeping" in the Third Trimester

I never used to have problems sleeping. Throughout childhood, college, vet school, you could point to me & say, "Go to sleep!" and I probably could, right there on the spot. After vet school, when I started struggling with depression & anxiety, I had trouble staying asleep during the night.

But it's been nothing like this third trimester of pregnancy.

Here's last night as an example:
  • 10 p.m. - about to get ready for bed, but legs are very twitchy due to pregnancy-related Restless Legs Syndrome. Hard to relax.
  • 10:30 p.m. - in bed, thinking about all the things I still need to do before we have David next week.
  • 10:45ish p.m. - asleep
  • 11:15 p.m. - bathroom break
  • 12:00 a.m. - bathroom break, heartburn, move out to the couch, have trouble falling back asleep, more twitchy legs
  • 12:30 a.m. - asleep
  • 2:30 a.m. - bathroom break, awake for about an hour, more twitchy legs, hot flashes
  • 5:00 a.m. - wake up with headache, try to go back to sleep
  • 7:00 a.m. - "Mommy, yous seepin?" The day begins.
It's no wonder I'm tired.

I know that I won't get much sleep when David comes, since I'll be nursing & taking care of him, but for goodness sakes - at least the sleep I get will be good!


T with Honey said...

That reads almost exactly like a typical night for me lately. I didn't have trouble sleeping with my first pregnancy other than the once a night bathroom call, but this one? I swear I'm lucky if I'm able to sleep for more than 2 hrs straight before something to do with my body wakes me up. And then usually Princess has a bad night!

I mentioned to Honey last night that maybe things will be different with the newborn for baby #2 since he's making me so uncomfortable, I'll be so grateful to have my body back that I won't mind the night time diaper changes and feedings as much. Maybe?

carrie said...

Hopefully David will sleep better than Jackson. I was wishing for the 3rd trimester sleep again since Jackson wouldn't sleep at all!