Wednesday, March 5, 2008

It's 5:00 a.m. - why I am posting?

It is now 5:00 in the morning and I have gotten all of 1 hours sleep. May I please point out that I am not a morning person... I believe that if God had wanted me to watch the sunrise I would have been born a rooster, since I was not born a rooster, then I am a firm believer that all sunrises should happen while I am securely tucked in bed. So why in heaven's name am I up right now? I think I'm going to have to blame it on the pregnancy. I've heard people say that they have insomnia while they are pregnant, but I've never really experienced it... until now. This is not the first early morning I have been up to welcome in the last couple months and I have the funny feeling it won't be the last either. The problem is that then come noon, I am absolutely exhausted and I sleep for 3 hours in the afternoon which doesn't help me get to sleep any easier the next night. I'm trying not to complain, I mean, other than this little bout with insomnia and the occasional heartburn and my left foot swelling - I have no other issues while I'm pregnant - I mean none. I have to have a bad case of the 24 hour flu bug in order to vomit while I'm pregnant (6 pregnancies and other than that food poisoning incident I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've thrown up). I've never had to go on bed rest, I don't have restrictions (don't lift more than 5 lbs...) I don't get bad cravings, for the most part I wouldn't even know I'm pregnant if I didn't have a basketball protruding from my middle. In this pregnancy I'm not even gaining the usual 70-80 lbs like with the last 4 pregnancies - whoo-hoo! So I'm not trying to complain about a little ol' thing like insomnia, I'm just wondering what to do with it. Surely there is some way to maximize its potential (and no, I don't think waking the kids up and doing school at 4:00 am is the answer, but if you have a better one, please let me know. I welcome all posts involving ways to circumvent the insomnia or maximize it (either one) or just letting me know that maybe you went through this too and I'm not just going crazy!!!!

1 comment:

bigguysmama said...

I don't know that I ever had insomnia when I was pregnant. The only time I really had BAD nausea was after I miscarried (was preggo for 1 mo) and then got pregnant right away! Can you imagine what my body was going thru? It wasn't pretty! I had preterm labor with my 1st and she ended up coming 2 weeks early. My middle 2 were the easiest I guess! Torturing your kids at 4am probably won't win them to your side!! Although, you could tell them they'd be done with school super early! I think I'd either read books, scrapbook, get stuff together you'd normally do after the baby's born, email lots of friends, and other nonsensical stuff you'd do during the day. Can you take a bath close to bedtime? What about your DH giving you a massage at bedtime? I'm terrible at this because I have a hard time sleeping and have never found a natural way to go to sleep, and I don't use anything else. Praying for a good night sleep!

Blessings,
Mimi

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