pregnant and need a solution to sleepless nights

Emilee - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm 30 weeks pregnant and my baby has started moving SO MUCH. I feel like she doesn't ever stop moving. At night if I lay on either side I feel like she starts boxing my insides but I have back problems so it makes it hard to stay laying on my back all night. I'm averaging about 4 hrs of sleep a night...any suggestions?

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Ginger - posted on 01/27/2010

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There are some sleep aids that you can take. ask you midwife or doctor about it. I am 35 weeks,and have had trouble sleeping for a while now due to contractions and being uncomfortable. I take tylenol pm a couple times a week so I can at least get a few good sleeps but it's not good to take regularly so like I said, if you need something for every night ask your doc what you can take.

Cynthia - posted on 01/26/2010

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DO you have a recliner, or could you prop yourself up to sleep on the couch? That may help because you would still be off either side, but wouldn't have so much pressure on your back. I definitely feel you pain! My son was the same way. I did find that when I was active alot during the day it seemed to lull him to sleep and then he would kick unbearably all night, which coupled with the frequent bathroom trips left me utterly exhausted. I found that it really helped if an hour or so before bed, I layed back on the couch or on the bed propped up on lots of pillows. I didn't have the tv on or anything making noise,I would just lay there quietly and read. He would "wake up" and be very active, then by the time I actually got ready to go to sleep, he's be alot more calm, and restful. Good luck to you and I hope you can get some rest very soon! (You will be needing all the rest you can get very soon! : )

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Martine - posted on 01/27/2010

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I'm 31 weeks and I have researched for anything non-medicinal that could help. Some say hot lemon water with honey, some say warm milk, some say oatmeal... I tried them all and none seemed to work. However for some reason or other, my whole body gets agitated like restless leg syndrome and I can't get to sleep on top of the baby moving alot so what is helping me so far is exercising (I have a gazelle which is like a stationary ski machine) maybe a brisk walk would do the same? But anyway, if I do this for about half hour 15 minutes before bed, I can usually get to bed ok. Another thing is I usually feel really tired about 8 o'clock but I think it's too early to get to bed, but one night I went to bed that early and slept really well.

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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BENEDRYL haha. yeah i couldnt sleep on my back by that time bc my son was way up in my ribs and i couldnt breathe. and yes when i layed on my sides he beat me up haha. but the benedryl for the most part just helped me stay asleep, something that helped me a lot also was i would lay on my side and, i used a big body pillow but any pillow would work, put a pillow under your belly. it kind of keeps it even as if you were on your back or something. but also, your last weeks, your probably going to be getting up like every two hours to pee!! ha mine was nonstop allll thru the night. my mom said its just your body preparing you for the sleepless nights that are yet to come! lol who knows. but good luck!

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