Struggling with sleep in the 2nd trimester

Sometimes I really don’t understand my body, logic would dictate that if you’re exhausted you’re body would be craving a good nights sleep. Well not mine!

Since I got into the second trimester sleep seems to be a luxury that I just can’t have. By the time 9pm comes around I’m sat of the sofa watching TV and struggling to stay awake. I try and leave it until 10pm and then take myself off to bed, I know rock n roll lifestyle here. Actually going to sleep isn’t a problem and once my head hits the pillow thats it I’m gone.

The problem starts between 1am and 3am when I first need to get up and go to the loo, the joys of pregnancy. Once this happens every night I’m wide awake, I get back into bed and lie quietly in the dark trying not to think of anything and hope to drift back off to sleep. This just isn’t happening, I can lie there for 2-3 hours every night wide awake. After about 30 minutes I can’t stop my mind from wandering, I think about anything and everything and mentally start making lists. I just can’t get back to sleep and the more I try the more frustrating it becomes, I’m lying there yawning and feeling tired but my mind just won’t switch off. The worst thing is the random songs that keep playing in my head over and over again!

Trying to get comfortable

Lying there at night I’m also really struggling to get comfortable despite the great bed that we have. I can’t lie on my stomach as the bump is getting bigger and it can cause problems with my lumber spine. Lying on my back is OK as long as I prop pillows under my knees, since I had the last op I find it painful and sometime impossible to lie flat on my back with my legs straight. Also as the baby grows I’m more worried about lying on my back and know that the best position in on your sides.

After the OP’s I used to sleep on my sides and would have to put a pillow between my legs to keep my back in line and stop me from rolling forward. I’ve been doing this for years but it just doesn’t feel comfortable at the moment. I’ve bought a body pillow to give my more support down the length of my body but I’m experiencing pain in my hips if I lie on one side for too long. Each time I roll over I have to extract the pillow from the duvet and move it to the other side without waking up my hubby.

Sometimes I drift back off to sleep about 5:30 – 6am which is really not helpful when the children are waking up at 6:30 and I have to get up to go to work. This puts me in a really bad mood for the rest of the day as I’m surviving on 5-6 hours sleep a night. I feel like I’m turning into grumpy/shouty mum and pregnancy hormones aren’t helping with my short fuse.

Weird dreams

Then there are the dreams, when I have managed to get to sleep and wake up with a start. Really weird and vivid dreams that my subconscious is creating. Often it will relate to the last thing I’ve watched on TV that day and I’m playing a starring role in the program. The other night I dreamt that I went to get my hair cut and ended up having it shaved with a mohican in the centre, not a look that would suit me!

I was looking online for causes of these weird dreams and the best answer I could find was on the babycentre UK site;

“During the night we go through lots of different levels of sleep. When you’re pregnant there are more things that will wake you in the night, from needing the loo to trying to get comfortable. Because our sleep is being interrupted more frequently then we are more likely to remember our dreams. This makes them seem like they are more vivid.”

I understand that towards the end of your pregnancy you won’t get much sleep. With the baby getting so big and moving around, getting comfortable and needing the loo will become more problematic. However this is your bodies way of preparing you for motherhood and the fact that with a newborn you may well be up feeding every 2-3 hours during the night.

This is still another 4-5 months away for me, my body is clearly getting itself prepared far too early. What I would really like is to make the most of my sleep now while I still can. Once baby arrives I’m sure it’s going to be a good couple of years before I’m able to get a proper nights sleep again!

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