I've been suffering with aching legs whilst trying to sleep over the past few days which has left me pretty knackered and down. I'm using a v-shaped pillow to try to enhance my comfort but to no avail.
I woke up at 1am this morning to pee and haven't been able to get back to sleep . My achey legs eased off to be replaced by chronic back ache until I hauled myself out of bed at 6am. I feel so knackered and upset. I'm mainly enjoying my pregnancy (1st baby and I'm 34 weeks) but to suffer as I did last night is just unbearable.
I HATE that bit of pregnancy where you just cannot sleep - and the fact that you're in pain must make it ten times worse................
Have you tried sleeping without any (head) pillows? Might ease the back pain.
Try taking some paracetamol before bed tonight and see if that helps.
(oh and if you want to cry, then do)(although if you are sitting in an office or an a train then probably best not too )
Awww It is painful as your bump gets bigger...I remember cramps, numb legs, pains and aches (I've got 3 dc) ...does a nice hot (not too hot) bath help before you go to bed?, or try putting a pillow under your feet? that helped me with cramps and things.
Not long to go now though...not that that is much help I know.
You have my sympathies
I totally sympathise. I feel the same. I had one of those nights the other night (I'm 33 weeks). I woke up at about 3am and didn't go back to sleep until it was time to get up for my driving lesson. I was in floods of tears before I left the house. Spent the whole day in a bit of a sleep-deprived, hormonal daze.
Last night DP slept in the living room and I had my first, blissful night of uninterrupted sleep in ages.
I'm trying having a cup of chamomile tea in the evening and a warm bath. Not sure if it's working or not.
Thanks for the suggestions and sympathy - it's truly appreciated. I'm not sure that I like the idea of my body being as cruel as to deprive me of sleep already though .
I'll give the bath and lavender tips a try this evening. I think that it's made worse because I'm keeping DH awake too although he's being very sweet about it.
I'm not on mat leave for another three weeks unfortunately but am finding that I am sleeping like a log on the train. I actually find myself praying for train delays on the way into work so I can try to catch a few more z's!
I've started drinking Horlicks made with hot milk before bed (Oh dear, I sound about 90...)
Not sure if it's just coincidence, but I seem to have slept better these past few nights. Still have to get up at 3am for a wee though. Also wake up with cramp in my calves. One night it was so painful I was convinced I had deep vein thrombosis. It went away after I stretched the muscle (as if I was trying to pull my toes upwards towards my knee).
What's most irritating though is DP moaning 'Oh I had a terrible nights sleep' after I've been awake half the night listening to him snoring
I got a hypnobirthing book, and the relaxation tape seems to be helping me sleep better, but then, it might be just that I finally unwound a bit after wrapping up my job, moving, etc. (I'm only at 29 weeks, but wanted to get the moving-house out of the way before I got ungainly huge). I also do a cup of herbal tea and/or milk right before bed.
I really really recommend Emotional Freedom Therapy. I was highly sceptical when I was taught it but I can honestly say it works. I am 35 weeks pregnant and hip pain and restless legs were make sleeping impossible so I now do a short tapping session (literally 30 seconds) if I wake up, then lay down and I am always asleep within 10 minutes.
I havent used the website myself, it was taught to me so if it looks really complicated let me know and I will type out the quick session that I use - dont want to bore you with it if you can get the real deal on the official website
I sympathise theressomethingaboutmarie. I couldn't sleep last night either. Been trying different cushions but nothing really stops the pains in my pelvis and legs. Felt like I'd pulled a muscle in my stomach this morning from the weight of my bump, and I'm only 27 weeks so probably lots smaller than you.