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Woke up every hour last night- beyond exhausted and calling in sick.

(11 Posts)
platS Tue 11-Mar-14 09:25:17

Im 32 weeks pregnant, just started a temp job mid Jan so no maternity rights/sick rights.

Was deeply asleep at 11.15 according to DH, woke up at:
1.15 am,
2.45 am,
4am,
5am
6am,
6.30 am.

Alarm at 7am

Feeling exhausted, Woke up with sore throat, coughed a few times so forcefully nearly vommited and have headache/sore sinus cheeks.

In the last few weeks, I have been a rubbish sleeper a few times a week and woke up with sore throat which has gone by mid morning but have always battled through and gone to work.

Right now, feel like a lump of concrete(heavy/achy) and so, so tired. Including nursery drop off/ parking off site and walking to office, I have 1 hour each way commute. Know I wouldn't last until 5pm, so called work to say wont be in.

Feeling incredibly guilty as right now am "only" feeling exhausted, slightly sore faced and headachy but not at work.

Dont know what im asking for really, not sympathy as much worse out there. Feeling that Ive cocked up.

In my entire working life post uni (10+ years), have called in 3 days sick.

ElleDubloo Tue 11-Mar-14 09:28:19

I don't see how you could cope with another day of work. I would definitely call in sick if I were you... -hugs-

JeanSeberg Tue 11-Mar-14 09:28:33

I hereby give you permission to have a day off catching up on rest (and MNing of course). smile

Hope you have still taken your other child/ren to nursery.

NestingNesting123 Tue 11-Mar-14 09:47:30

Nothing to feel guilty about there! Especially if you don't get sick pay. I don't either (self employed) and it's never an easy decision to call in sick, but at least you know when you do that it's genuine. Don't waste the day beating yourself up, get some rest and I hope you feel better soon.

dats Tue 11-Mar-14 10:12:02

Don't feel bad. You sound like me on many levels. I'm rarely off sick - on days I could be, I end up working from home because I can. But rather than being a martyr, just seem to be blessed with a robust constitution, so shouldn't complain I guess.

However I am 34w today and I slept similarly! And I've had this throat thing for about a week - wake up almost chewing on...saliva or something. Just can't seem to clear my throat, have a low grade headache like a hangover some of the time. I'm knackered. Could so easily have been off sick but have chiropractor appt later and also don't want to risk triggering early mat leave as I only have three weeks left.

Anyway! Just wanted to give you some kind of sisterly highfive and say that no-one else will be judging you for this - it's just you. Try and have a nice relax. In a few weeks' time, life is going to change and you a) will never sleep again smile and b) will not give a monkey's about today.

Oh and have some hot orange juice, it's helping me.

dats x

rockin20s Tue 11-Mar-14 11:31:54

Hey i am only 13 weeks but just got diagnosed with a Hypothyroid. it can greatly effect your sleep pattern. I haven't slept properly since about 4 weeks.

if this continues it might be worth getting a blood test by your doctor to check your TSH levels

platS Tue 11-Mar-14 19:59:19

Thanks for your replies, def feeling beyond tired still and am going to do a few mins of bag packing/ tidying and aim to be in bed 9.30. I have been tested for iron levels so think im ok on that front so will read n hypothyroid.

Here's hoping for at least 6 unbroken hours tonight.

weebigmamma Wed 12-Mar-14 08:12:06

Be kind to yourself. You and the baby need to rest and especially if you're not sleeping at night. I also have nights like that and I'd be worthless in work anyway. I was told that if you rest during the day for a bit you are more likely to be able to sleep at night as well, so take some time out. You've done extremely well getting to 32 weeks without taking any time off. Most women have to take days for morning sickness at the start. x

Spaghettinetti Wed 12-Mar-14 10:49:14

Hi OP. I'm also 32 weeks and haven't slept well throughout pregnancy, this week it's stepped up a notch and every night for the last three, I've woken up at similar intervals to those that you describe. I'm regularly going to 'sleep' in the spare room so as not to wake up DH. I've spoken to my MW about it and the consultant and they are not at all concerned - just another symptom of pregnancy according to them. In terms of having time off work, how your body feels is not down to your conscious mind; if you don't have time off to rest and recuperate, you might need more time off in the long run. Look after yourself. X

Spaghettinetti Wed 12-Mar-14 10:50:21

Hi OP. I'm also 32 weeks and haven't slept well throughout pregnancy, this week it's stepped up a notch and every night for the last three, I've woken up at similar intervals to those that you describe. I'm regularly going to 'sleep' in the spare room so as not to wake up DH. I've spoken to my MW about it and the consultant and they are not at all concerned - just another symptom of pregnancy according to them. In terms of having time off work, how your body feels is not down to your conscious mind; if you don't have time off to rest and recuperate, you might need more time off in the long run. Look after yourself. X

platS Wed 12-Mar-14 19:07:44

Thanks all for kind comments. Not a great night last night but felt better today.

Resolving to switch internet off 9 - 9.30 and get into bed by 10pm but have so much to research to do at the moment as decorating/furnishing a bare carpetless bedroom for DC1 so new baby can have cot!

Hope everyone gets a bit of quality sleep.

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