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Tossing and Turning

Sleep! That wonderful time where you get to lay down, close your eyes, and enjoy a comfortable, uninterrupted, peaceful night’s sleep at the end of a long day. Unless of course, you are pregnant!

After a woman’s baby is born the advice you will probably most often hear her give is, “Sleep while you can!”, however this is really easier said than done. Most pregnant women are awakened at least once or twice during the night from the beginning of their pregnancies to a bladder that is calling and just can’t wait till morning. If they are lucky, this will slow down during the second trimester as their body adjusts to the pregnancy and the baby grows.

Unfortunately, the second trimester doesn’t last long enough! Once the third trimester comes, so does the yelling of the bladder, as well as other problems making a good nights sleep become something most pregnant women just dream of.

For the women who sleep on their stomachs or backs when not pregnant, they will find that by the third trimester they will have to find a way to get comfortable in a new position. With a big belly, there is now no way to sleep on your tummy and it gets painful to lie on your back, putting all the weight of your belly on your back. This leaves 2 choices for most women, the right side or the left side. Still getting comfortable isn’t as easy and some might think.

As the belly gets bigger, it also gets heavier. You might try to lay on your right or left side, only to discover that the baby is rolled up on that side of your belly and that he doesn’t like this position. The lack of support to your belly and heaviness of the belly might cause you to have to roll over. Then there is another problem you might encounter. While asleep, laying on one side or the other, the baby might decide to start poking and kicking you on that side waking you up, and making the comfort you finally found go away.

Some women have increased back and leg pain while pregnant which doesn’t help with the night time comfort. One solution that works for many women is easy and cheap. Pillows! You will often see pictures of pregnant women at the end of pregnancy surrounded by pillows as they lay in bed, taking up so much room that sometimes their husband looks very crowded. The most popular places for a pillow are between the knees and under the belly. The pillows help support and prop up the belly and legs so that MAYBE comfort can be found. Sometimes women will put on behind their back as well. Some pregnant women will make use of body pillows during the last weeks of their pregnancy to give their whole body extra support.

Tossing and turning is a sure sign that the end of pregnancy is near. Between the frequent bathroom trips, the comfort level (or lack thereof), and the constant thoughts, questions and worries running through a woman’s head, you might as well give up the idea of an uninterrupted, peaceful nights sleep for at least the next several months.

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3 years 1 month ago

I’m 7 weeks and since our 5 week mark I’ve had no more than 4 hours a night. I feel every night it gets worse. I wake up by to go to the bathroom or just because..I’m starting to get more exhausted during the day and the no coffee situation doesn’t help..sigh

3 years 9 months ago

I feel your pain almost 37weeks & averaging 3hrs a night:-( my hubs & older boys are really feeling it too:-( i tire so easily & hurt all over!! Im soo ready to not be pregnant any more!

4 years 20 days ago

I just hit my 6 mo the Mark and I’m feeling every bit of this

4 years 8 months ago

I am 17 weeks and can not sleep at all, I have gone to my doctor who gave me a low dose of medicine which does not work. I dream alot but i feel awake when I dream. Does anyone know what I can do to sleep better, I am averaging about 4 hours a night…?

4 years 10 months ago

I am in my 37week and I feel terrible I can’t sleep or eat like I want to .I just can’t wait for it to be over then I can enjoy my new baby.I am really irritated these last few weeks it seems like my 2 oldest boys irritate me because they want to be under me and I feel like I don’t have enough room for myself.I am so happy school started back now I get some free time.

6 years 23 days ago

My wife builds a nest every night with pillows it helps a little but with jackson kicking her all night she’s still up more often than not

6 years 11 months ago

Sleeping is what i dnt do. Im in my 37th week anf cant take it anymore…..cant wait until its time to push………lol

7 years 2 months ago

I’m 37 weeks pg n I can definately feel that the time is near..I’m tossing and turning because I cannot get comfortable. I love being pregnant but I can’t wait to have my baby boy n sleep on my tummy again

7 years 6 months ago

I am 36 weeks along its really gotten bad last few weeks, its my 4th baby and its kinda funny I always think how I love every part of pregnancy( minus the morning sickness) but I hink I choose to forget the last 10 weeks or so lol, I am a little torn I love being pregnant and will miss this, but I am sooo excited to meet my son, and can’t wait to sleep in any position I want to again.

7 years 11 months ago

btw, this is my first baby and my husband and I are terribly excited to see him!! Yay! 🙂

7 years 11 months ago

I’m 36 weeks pregnant and I’ve been struggling with the tossing and turning since the 7th month! I’m a slim person and having to turn this amount of weight in the night can be agonizing!! But it’s not long again til I can once again call my body my own as well as havin control over my bladder!!

8 years 4 months ago

34 weeks and waking up every 1 to 2 hours to use the bathroom. it wouldnt be so bad, but the pelvic pain is horrible. i’ve tried pillows but nothing helps. i can’t wait till my baby boy is born!

8 years 7 months ago
I have found that doing stretches before bed help me sleep. Start with legs strait and alternate which foot is pointed up and which is pointed down until you feel stretched out (to cut down on those calf cramps). On your hands and knees push you back as high up as you can hold it for a few seconds, then lower your back down until you push you belly as far down as comfortable hold for a few seconds, repeat until you get tired (to help with back ache). Also I try to go potty twice (about 30 mins inbetween… Read more »
8 years 8 months ago

Thanks to share with me the fact that I’m not the only one to suffer these during my 37th week. I barely can sleep and am experiencing a lot of heartburn. I will try the pillow advice to see if it will work for me.

8 years 8 months ago

I have alot of sleep problems and is in my 37th week. I use my body pillow & still can not get too comfortable. My fiancee has to help me get up out of bed because of the pain that I have in mmy pelvic region. I can’t wait til it’s time to deliver to have SOME pain relief. lol.

8 years 8 months ago

I have been having these sleep problems, though I am less than one week from a cecerian delivery.. (38 weeks) I also had a cecerian birth with my last child three years ago, and I have also noticed those “round ligament” pains worsening as the delivery date approaches, making it even harder to find sleep at night. The “bladder calling” is also sooo true lol!

8 years 9 months ago

I am in my 9th month of pregnancy, but ever since I got in my 8th month I have been experiencing every bit of this and I thought that I was the only one. The only other problems that I have is saddle soreness and SI Joint Pain so sleeping is not something that I do much of. And as the baby gets bigger the more and more he seems to wanna jump on my bladder.

9 years 8 days ago

thank you so much for this article.i felt that only i was experiencing this!

9 years 8 months ago

Good to know, we’re in the first trimester!

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