If you had insomnia with your first....(6 Posts)
Did you get it again with your second? Debating TTC but I had insomnia from the night before I found I was pregnant with DS until after I gave birth. I looked like a zombie. I'm scared if I happened again I would be a terrible Mum to my DS and life would be seriously hard!
Hey sunny, how old is your DS? My DS is 4.5 and I'm approx 11 weeks. I was utterly zombified from the TWW until about a week ago. Such terrible trouble getting to and staying asleep.
My experience with insomnia is that quite often it's a self-fulfilling prophecy - if you're worried you're not going to get any sleep, you're probably not going to get any sleep.
DS is in school and I work everyday, so it hasn't been easy, even with OH around to help with some of the school runs.
The way I managed to get through it was to get ready for bed at the same time as DS. Have dinner with him, have a bath with him, get in PJs at the same time, then force myself NOT to do anything after his bedtime. It's hard, I know because that's usually when you have time for housework. I just did the very basics after work and the bigger stuff at the weekend.
When it got really bad, I would snuggle up with DS and let him watch an hour of TV whilst I shut my eyes. Again, not ideal but it gave him a bit of unwinding time after school, and gave me a bit more energy in the evening.
If I couldn't get to sleep at night, I would just go downstairs and put something easy to watch on the laptop (because it has a blue light filter), knowing that even though I wasn't sleeping, I was still letting my brain and body relax. This allowed me not to stress over insomnia, and quite often I would end up drifting off eventually.
We deliberately waited for DS to be a bit older before TTC #2, and it's paying off already. He's gained so much independence since starting school and able to do more and more by himself. This really helped when I was struggling with lack of sleep.
I hope you can find a way that works for you OP. I really empathise with those with insomnia. Whether it's short or long term
I had it really badly with DS. I am now 16/17 weeks with DC2 and recognised it coming back from as early as 7 weeks (DS is now 2years). I had a very short course of acupuncture whicj I am not sure made a difference but I know that I don't get it every night and when I do, it is for shorter times. Eg? It will take me two/three hours to get back to sleep instead or not at all.
I have noticed that a bavk massage helps me sleep better, not going to sleep to early and trying not to think about stuff. It hasn't been a great help that DS has chosen recently to drop his naps, but it does mean we can snuggle to watch a film after lunch for some down time - on my non working days!
Don't let it put you off ttc. You might not get it back. There will be something else to bug you. But it is ultimately only for a short period of time and the rewards far outweigh the discomfort. Just think about the memories you have shared so far with your DC1.
Sorry but yes, rubbish insomnia both times. You'll get through it though
Dc3 is s few weeks old and insomnia got progressively worse with each pregnancy. Was existing on 2 hours sleep a night this time and daytime naps while older kids were watching telly. I stopped work at 30 weeks as did not feel I could safely do commute and responsible job.
Even feeding every 1 to 2 hours at night now means I am much more rested lol!
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