Pregnancy Insomnia - Tampa,FL

Updated on May 25, 2010
B.S. asks from Tampa, FL
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Can anyone recommend anything for ths? I am not sleeping at all!

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answers from Indianapolis on

It's OK to take products that contain diphenhydramine (Benadryl's active ingredient) during pregnancy. I had to use them through both of mine. Insomnia is an issue beyond pregnancy for me, so I had to verify with my OB/GYN that it is safe.

Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Tylenol PM, Unisom, etc.

I'd ask your OB before starting to make sure they give their blessing based upon your medical history. But, it was my saving grace. Because I had sciatic nerve issues, I chose Tylenol PM.

Good luck!



answers from San Francisco on

Hello dear,

I was a major insomniac the last several months (just had baby last week). I tried the Benadryl option, which works, but for me, Benadryl sleep isn't real sleep, so I didn't feel rested.

Typically, I got back up at 2am and would be awake until 5am. I would read or work on the computer for an hour or so, then feel hungry around 3:30-4am. Have a bowl of Cheerios with banana, then could finally lie down again- and before too long, sleep till 6:30am.

I was so tired, and frankly, knew I shouldn't be commuting 45min/day on such little sleep, so took off 4 weeks ahead of due date. Good decision, I was still insomniac, but could nap in the afternoon.

I can tell you, one week after birth, I sleep pretty well now!!! My little one lets me sleep between midnight feeding and 4am feeding, and a little rest until 6am.

Hang in there!



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answers from Spokane on

Hi B.,

This happened to me with my last baby. I was only allowed to take Benadryl. My doc said no on the unisom and the Tylenol PM. Check with your doctor first, but Benadryl is considered safe for pregnancy.




answers from Fresno on

Try drinking a large glass of milk before bed.

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