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sketti Tue 15-Jul-08 15:45:59

I'm 29 weeks and my slleping pattern is just getting worse by the day. I'll wake up on the hour and most of that hour is spent trying to get to sleep in first place!Its no one thing that seems to be causing it. Yes i'm uncomfortable, I can get heart burn, i can feel baby kicking so may be waking me up and believe me you can't be a happy happy person if you dont sleep. The more I dont sleep the more depressed i get and fall out with my partner, he's too tired to understand and tells me to shut up, close ur eyes and ul just sleep?!Fed up, need support xxxxxx

orangina Tue 15-Jul-08 15:52:22

Lots of support from me, I suffered v badly w insomnia during pg#1 mostly, but also pg#2.... wish I had a magic solution for you, but I don't.... (sad)...

I took quite a few Bach Flower Remedies, including Olive (I think?) which was for "chronic exhaustion due to sleeplessness", which did help, if I remember correctly. Also took "Noctura", which is a homeopathic sleeping remedy, all supposed to be ok during pregnancy.

Listened to the radio a lot at night too, radio 4/world service at 2am is almost enough to bore anyone to sleep...

Good luck!

FrazzledFairyFay Tue 15-Jul-08 15:57:32

I'm afraid that i suffered as well when I was pg with DD. I used to give into it, and get up and read a book/watch tv for a bit and then go back to bed - I found that I got more sleep overall that way than just lying in bed tossing and turning for hours. I also listened to a lot of Radio 5 Live and BBC World Service! I hope it improves.

MiniMarmite Tue 15-Jul-08 15:57:44

Hi Sketti

I know exactly how you feel as I'm having trouble sleeping too. I'm 35 weeks and having pain in my hips and stressed because of all the DIY projects in the house that DH needs to finish before the little one arrives!

Things that sometimes help me a bit are: having some hot milk before I go to bed, sometimes sleeping on the sofa which means DH can sleep because I'm not fidgeting and whingeing and my hips seem to hurt less on the softer surface, a bath, sex (if I haven't fallen out with DH wink, reading...

They say that you can sleep better with heartburn if you put some blocks under the head of the bed so you are tilted a bit.

sunshine185 Tue 15-Jul-08 18:39:32

i totally sympathise, i barely slept through my first trimester this pregnancy and not very much when pregnant with ds either as i had immense all over pregnancy induced itching! i did take piriton those nights it was really bad though and that defo helped me sleep!! wink rather than stay in bed when you can't sleep just get out of bed and call friends long distance, watch tv, surf the net, do some ironing, reading or something that keeps you busy....

i have to say that you'd have thought lack of sleep would would have prepared me for even more sleepless nights when ds arrived but it didnt, it was worse, dh and i were both a mess!! although i love ds to bits and looking back it was all so worth it, given the choice i'd take insomnia during pregnancy which was much better than the up and down during the night with a newborn, now that was tiring!!! i'm doing it all again with #2 on the way so it can't have been that bad, or was it? yikes...

all i can say is because the lack of sleep is so horribly awful, you will develop selective amnesia about this period, and it does pass and it only takes one good night to get you back up again! or so i hope!! he he hmm

try chill out and get rest here and there...

good luck honey! i am sure your insomnia will pass! xxx

raffy555 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:56:31

Hi there,
If you are at all concerned about using herbal remedies, as I was, you can try another natural way. That's what I did when I was pregnant with my first baby and it really helped I wouldn't sleep for nights on end and it would drive me crazy. I couldn't concentrate at work, I couldn't enjoy being with friends and family, I lived on caffeine just to get me through the day. It was survival, not really life...and then I found a new natural way to sleep again. It is truly wonderful - I have my life back again. You can read more here... Good luck and best wishes, Sarahxx

bojangles Wed 16-Jul-08 20:13:36

You have my full sympathy as I struggled terribly with DD and would wake most nights around 2am and be unable to sleep - I would eventually get up aroudn 5am and have a bath and then DH would find me asleep in the bath tub - probably not the safest idea but I was so large I didn't really see drowning as a possibility! I suffered less with DS and I am suffering a bit with this pregnancy but only when something is on my mind.

Just do what you can to relax and try and catch up during the day (if you're not working) or try going to bed really early.

orangina Fri 18-Jul-08 17:47:26

The one positive thing I will say about the whole insomnia thing, is that I slept FABULOUSLY as soon as each babe was born.... which of course is ironic in that you generally don't get much chance. But once you get your supply established and you can perhaps express a feed for the middle of the night and perhaps you can persuade your dh/dp to do the middle of the night feed, then you can sleep properly and it's bliss!

Never suffered from exhaustion post natally as much as I did pre natally...

kitkat9 Fri 18-Jul-08 19:07:19


I'm 17 weeks and had terrible trouble sleeping too..I totally sympathise! What has worked, to some extent, for me is this; I've downloaded some stuff from iTunes onto my ipod - I can't remember what it's called but it's basically like hypnosis, some nice man talking you through relaxation techniques, the sound of rolling waves - it is very relaxing and I'm usually out for the count very quickly. Because it's on my iPod it doesn't disturb dh either. I do still wake up but am finding I'm falling back to sleep quicker, or I'll just use the recording again.

Perhaps also learning some deep breathing techniques would help you? Good for labour too!

chocbiscuits Sun 20-Jul-08 01:38:36

having trouble sleeping too, bit worried about something and have hayfever and heartburn a bit.
Will try and have another kip now.

biglips Sun 20-Jul-08 02:24:00

im 32 weeks pg and im finding it sooo uncomfortable to sleep. ive woken up twice this week being hungry and thirsty so ive just had some cornflakes and will be ready to go back to bed in a bit. Since ive been pg i havent had no more than a week of good night sleep! hmm

hedgepig Sun 20-Jul-08 05:29:20

my sleep has gone to pot too (29 weeks) with loo breaks and then my mind racing when I get back to bed I just seem to doze rather than sleep.

MmeBovary Sun 20-Jul-08 06:15:24

I used to wake up everyday at 4am with baby kicking merrily away. I used to lie there worrying about labour and imagining that dd would be born with 2 heads or something. I used to get up, make a cup of tea and watch the maternity programmes on Sky. By the time DH got up I'd usually have watched 3 or 4 babies being born and would be all emotional. I was lucky in that my employer let me work from home a couple of days a week so I could at least have an afternoon nap.

pookamoo Sun 20-Jul-08 06:54:24

I came on mumsnet this morning to post a similar thread (and probably still will as I don't want to hijack yours).
I have so much trouble sleeping because I am really suffering from a bad back. It's hard to do a full time job on just 4 hours or so of sleep, but I really don't know what to do about it!sad
I'm 23 weeks.

Pontypine Sun 20-Jul-08 09:03:13


I am 23 weeks and i have been up since 5.30 this morning!! i went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 12.30am feeling sick (due to tiredness!) and eventually had a few hours of broken sleep and then woke at 5am! I got up at 5.30, had some apple juice and then sat watching stuff i'd sky plus'd!

i have since done 2 loads of washing and am now doing some accounts for a client!! The joys!!!

I want to sleep!!!

biglips Sun 20-Jul-08 09:24:09

pookamoo - the one thing i cant live without is my memory bed mattress topper as thats makes a different.

pookamoo Mon 21-Jul-08 09:08:07

Ponty, yes, the I know about the sickness feeling. I had very bad --all day-- morning sickness to start with, which I have just about recovered from, but now I'm so tired I just feel so sick!

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