C.S. asks from Mission, KS on September 19, 2010
Sleep Problems - Mission,KS
Hi Mama's, I'm 12 weeks pregnant and have been having trouble sleeping. I wake up almost every night between 2 and 4 a.m. and can't fall back asleep for an hour or more. I usually try to get up and get a drink or small snack. Sometimes I try to read for a bit also. Last night I woke up at 2 and couldn't fall back asleep. I tried sleeping on the couch and then back in bed, but nothing worked. I finally gave up and got up for good at 4:30. Anyone know of any tricks for getting back to sleep? I'm so sleepy and frustrated! I also know this can't be good for the baby. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
So What Happened?™
Thanks for the responses mama's. I'm still having trouble a few nights a week. I wake up somewhat congested and think I get up every 3 hours to go to the bathroom. I just never reach my REM sleep cycle so I know that's not helpful. I'm now getting headaches almost daily so I have an appointment for chiropractic/acupuncture care tomorrow and hopefully this will help. The Dr suggested tylenol sinus since part of my problem seems to be sinus related. This has seemed to help a little but am nervous about taking meds. Hopefully this more natural approach on Wed will be the trick. Thanks again and will keep everyone posted.
G.R. answers from Peoria on September 19, 2010
1.Take a warm shower or bath
2.Drink a cup of hot tea
3.Diffuse calming essential oils (Lavender or Peace and Calming blend from Young Living are great)
4.Soft music, a fan, or noise maker
5.My husband gives me foot rubs:) I'm not sure if you can find anyone to do it at that time of the morning though...
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R.S. answers from Chicago on September 19, 2010
I had the same thing! If 20 or 30 minutes passed and I still was awake, I would just get up and do something that wasn't terribly stimulating, such as flip through a magazine or re-read a chapter of a book I had already read...
Do you have an urn? I would turn the urn on before bed, so that the water is already boiled, and keep some crackers on the table... it will then be no big deal to make some tea in the middle of the night (I found chamomile with a little bit of honey to be quite soothing) and grab a snack. That's what I would do...I'd give myself up to 30 minutes...then go downstairs and have tea and crackers, then go back to bed...sometimes I'd repeat that scenario two or three times but eventually I'd fall back asleep (sometimes 3 or 4 hours would pass!). I started to sleep better in the middle of my 2nd trimester.
Hang in there...it will pass.
J.S. answers from Minneapolis on September 19, 2010
I ditto the Young Living Oils. They work wonders, are totally safe for you and the baby, 100% natural, can be taking in varying degrees and ways to get you the needed rest. Diffusing, topical, and internal use is all possible with the Young Living Oils! Possibly there's something else aggravating the situ. Take a look if you like. www.youngliving.org/yljohn.
B. answers from Augusta on September 19, 2010
This is a totally normal pregnancy thing.
I had the same problem with both of my pregnancies.
You should ask your dr what herbs are safe for you to take.
If chamomile is safe drink some tea or check if melatonin is safe.
I never did anything about it I just did what you are doing already