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How are we supposed to sleep??

(13 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Tue 18-Feb-14 00:20:05

I'm 34+3, very, very tired but totally unable to sleep because the baby is wide awake!!

His movements over the last week have gone from relatively gentle, sweet and enjoyable to now being very uncomfortable and wide spread. I can literally feel all my organs being pushed around and my ribs are very, very sore. I have tried to close my eyes and drift off but it is just impossible because he just won't stop kicking me and moving around!

I do wish there was a way to make babies fall asleep in the womb.....

greentshirt Tue 18-Feb-14 05:32:08

Imagine the same but with a full time job! You are 'lucky' enough to be off, I'd take that same advice as with a newborn, sleep when they do. They are asleep in stretches of anything from 20-90 mins at this point I think so there are definitely times when you could catch 40 winks!

Loopylouu Tue 18-Feb-14 05:46:16

My baby is the same.

I'm 34 weeks this week and she moves all the time. I've been laying here awake for four hours as she does her acrobatics. I find it very painful at times too.

It's quite reassuring to hear this Writer... Sorry that doesn't help you much!

My bump is like something out if alien with the crazy kicks and writhing of the last week or so. And I spend a lot of the day with a foot under my ribs.

Sorry you're not getting much sleep - does your baby have any quiet times where you can grab a nap?!

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 18-Feb-14 06:43:15

I'm 22 weeks with DD1 now so still at the sweet and gentle movements stage but when I was pregnant with DS it seemed like he spent the last 10 weeks trying to escape through my tummy! He seemed to always wake up and do the conga just as I would settle down to sleep! I found avoiding any sugary sweet stuff before bed helped, room temperature water rather than ice cold and if all else failed I would just try and nap in the day instead one I was on mat leave!

PastaandCheese Tue 18-Feb-14 07:09:30

My experience both times has been that the baby was so wedged by about 36 weeks the kicks decreased in intensity. The point you are at now was when I experienced the biggest and most uncomfortable movements.

If it is your first your baby will probably engage soon which 'locks' them in a bit and eases the big wriggles.

Writerwannabe83 Tue 18-Feb-14 08:22:35

Thanks everyone, baby settled at about 01.30am and I managed to fall asleep quite quickly afterwards. I've not long woke up which is good for me as normally I'm awake by 06.30as as that's when he wakes up again. I guess he thought he'd give me a lie in this morning smile Sometimes I do take naps in the day but I'm going to try not to today as my sleep pattern is all over the place. According to my midwife he is only 1/5 engaged so I'm hoping things will get better as he gets more settled in my pelvis -we'll see smile

dizhin79 Tue 18-Feb-14 08:24:44

Urrgh this is such an annoying thing to do but I'm 37 weeks and the movements are even stronger now, the ribs feel like hell and my god those little sharp elbows and knees shock definitely ready to meet this little baby now just so I'm not lumping around an octopus!

balenciaga Tue 18-Feb-14 08:25:18

my baby is the same as well

and I am only 32+4

no real suggestions I am afraid as far as getting the baby to sleep! grin but I have been putting lavender oil on my pillow which seems to send me into a deeper sleep which means I wake up less

Peacenquiet2 Tue 18-Feb-14 08:37:07

37 weeks this week and although babies movements are uncomfortable at times they rarely keep me awake, its the peeing ten times a night that does that instead! I have an anterior placenta so theres alot to be said for one at this stage i guess :-)

Tea1Sugar Tue 18-Feb-14 16:01:12

As green said, at least you can sleep in the day if you want to!

Emilycee Tue 18-Feb-14 16:32:56

Can totally sympathise with you Writer. Im 33+4 and have just started to feel like my organs are being squished and danced on! The minute I lie down to go to sleep, Saturday Night Fever starts up - feet under ribs, assuming hands/arms in the opposite end! Its sort of funny and sweet but then gradually more and more tiring as the same thing happens night, after night, after night..... currently feeling a bit sick from all of the pressure in my bump! Roll on the next 4 - 9 weeks!

rachyconks Tue 18-Feb-14 16:50:48

34 weeks today: restless legs and now arms (driving me insane), peeing at least 3 times a night, sore hips, a 14 month old who thinks sleep is for losers - and I'm still at work full time too. This baby isn't a night time wriggler like DD was though. My midwife tells me that babies that wriggle in the night are destined not to sleep! She was right for DD so I'm praying this one sleeps!

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