Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pregnancy turning points

I am amazed by how much things can change in such a short amount of time. A little more than two weeks ago (when I was just over 30 weeks along), my belly was there but not really in the way (the exception is I haven't been able to easily tie my shoes for several weeks). Then, almost overnight, the baby got bigger and so did I! My day-to-day activities, which up to this point had not been hindered too much by pregnancy, were impacted quite significantly.

Suddenly ...
  • I started having trouble get in and out of Carl's Pathfinder. 
  • Movie theater seats became painfully uncomfortable (we went to see The Help and while I LOVED the movie I was relieved when it ended so I could get out of that seat!).
  • My belly started touching the ground during push-ups.
  • I had to start standing sideways at the kitchen counter, sink and stove (in order to reach the knife, carrot peeler, pan, etc.). 
  • I stopped sleeping because my hips started aching at night. I mean, really aching. I've had trouble sleeping for a while now, but this is a whole new level of sleep deprivation.
  • I had to significantly scale back my workouts.

Aside from the sleep and workout issues, none of these things are a big deal to me. I can adapt. Carl can help me get in and out of his car. We can skip the movie theater. I can do push-ups against a wall. I can stop cooking and doing dishes (oh, how I wish!). But losing sleep and scaling back workouts (again!)? I think I would rather give up coffee (forever). Unfortunately, I don't have a choice. So right now I'm working on ways to work around these two issues; some strategies that will get me through the next 7.5 weeks (and yes, I do know that I will continue to lose sleep after the baby is born -- but not the for same reason). Sleep is the more challenging of the two issues. No position is comfortable. The bed is not comfortable. The couch is not comfortable. I haven't tried the floor, but I am pretty sure it would not be comfortable either. Usually, I stay in the uncomfortable bed for about three hours before moving to the uncomfortable couch. I wake up every 45 minutes. I play Scrabble on my iPhone in the wee hours of the night. I get up and walk around, because standing and moving relieves the pain almost instantaneously. I try to stay up late, in hopes that fatigue will trump the discomfort that is keeping me awake (it doesn't). None of these strategies work, but I think I may have found a solution. 

On Tuesday, I was discussing my sleep issues with my midwife. She told me to try Benadryl. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but I hadn't thought about it. And honestly, I would rather not take Benadryl if at all possible. However, I think I'm at that desperation stage. I've taken Bendryl for two nights now, and while I certainly would not call my sleep ideal -- it is better. I've also decided that for the next several weeks, I'm getting a massage every Wednesday (in addition to a chiropractic adjustment). I did this yesterday and I think it really helped! And my insurance pays for it, so yay! The really weird thing about the sleep situation: I don't have the same problems during daytime naps. I don't get it. In fact, my naps these days have been long. Long as in two hours or more! Naps are nice, but I don't really want to take long afternoon naps -- it gets in the way of getting things done.

As for coping with the scaled back workouts, I think I'll get back to that subject later. All this talk of naps has made me more tired than I was before I started writing this post! Meanwhile, please let me know if you have any sleep tips! I would love to hear them (my room does have black out shades, by the way).


  1. Do you have a prenatal body pillow yet? I haven't gotten one myself (I'm only 15 weeks but am beginning to have a lot of trouble sleeping) but hear they are THE THING to have for sleep while pregnant. I hear they work wonders...

  2. I do have one and I love it ... now. I actually got it a couple of months ago and didn't find it helpful. But at this new stage it is great!

  3. No tips here, I caved and did the Benadryl also, sleep is important!

  4. My sleep was also pretty screwy towards the end of the pregnancy. The body pillow helped to an extent, but I never got super comfortable with sleeping on my side. The advice I would give is to take your long naps and don't feel guilty about not getting things done. Chances are you won't be terribly productive anyway when you're exhausted. The days I napped (like you, for two hours or more) were the days I felt best, and ironically, when I slept best at night. Give in to the dark side, while your afternoons are still your own to while away :)

  5. I had TWO naps today! It was great. :-)

  6. Stress can interfere with sleep, too. Maybe you're worried about your baby's health, anxious about your abilities as a parent, or feeling nervous about the delivery itself. All of these feelings are normal, but they might keep you up at night.


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