Pregnancy or a goofed up sleep pattern?

I have been getting up every 2-4 hours since December, first for Mora then for the puppies and crate training. I thought that once they all went home I would be able to finally get a full night of sleep, but so far that hasn't happened.

I am still up like every 3 hours. I can't tell if my sleep patterns are just completely goofed because of the puppies or if this is pregnancy related. Did anyone else have this problem early on? If so, how long did it last? Or am I just not gonna get a full night until the baby is 3 months old-ish?
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 2:31 am
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Canooknic
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I still rarely sleep through the night and my boys are nearly 5!

It could be pregnancy related, I didn't sleep well at all during my pregnancy but I was getting up to pee and could never get comfortable so they were major factors in that too.
Is there something that wakes you, anything on your mind? Are you able to fall back to sleep fairly easily after?

If it is an issue I would suggest seeing your doctor. Have you tried all the 'warm bath/hot milk' type solutions to see if any of those help?
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:30 am
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Nothing on my mind, just waking up uncomfortable. I fall back to sleep, but it just doesn't last long. I'm having crazy dreams too that don't make any sense.

I tried a warm bath last night. I have never liked warm milk.... I try meditating hoping it will put me in a more relaxed state but it hasn't seemed to help.....I just don't feel like I'm sleeping as deeply as I was even the first week.
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:41 am
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I had trouble staying asleep during the first tri...dr said I could take Tylenol Simply Sleep...also strange dreams are normal due to increase in progesterone...I had that as well, also happens after ovulation during regular cycles too.
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:16 am
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I am allergic to Tylenol (yes, its going to be a long pregnancy), but thanks for the suggestion. Is the sleep ingredient in that Benedryl by chance?
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:28 am
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Yes
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:03 am
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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:04 am
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I found this - not sure if it will be of any use....

Re: What natural medications, if any, can I take to help me sleep?


Between fluctuating hormones and at least one nightly trip to the bathroom, it?s hard to log a good eight hours or so of Zs -- especially late in pregnancy. So what are some good drug-free ways to help insure quality pillow time? Start by shoring up what sleep experts call your ?sleep hygiene.? Begin by establishing good habits, getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour (ideally before 11 p.m.) as often as possible. Keep the lights dim in your room (turn off lamps, clocks and other electronics), because light can also interfere with your sleep cycle. Avoid getting on the computer or watching the news before bed, since you?ll want to enter dreamland thinking of pleasant things, not stressful ones. And finally, make sure you?re getting enough natural light during the day (at least 20 minutes) to help regulate melatonin levels; the hormone can influence your sleep/wake cycles.

Still not snoozing? Start with a cup of herbal tea an hour or so before bed (favorites for inducing sleep include chamomile, catnip and oatstraw). You can find these herbs already made into teas at many health-food stores. Try having it with a light, high-protein snack like a slice of turkey or a handful of nuts, which takes a while to digest and can help keep glycemic levels steady (so you don?t wake up starving at 5 a.m.). Magnesium supplements may also be helpful, since the mineral is known to alleviate muscle pain (something that may be interfering with your sleep as you cope with your ever-growing tummy). Just ask your doctor about the right dosage for you, since too much magnesium can cause diarrhea. You can also consider the amino acid L-theanine, which is known for helping to safely moderate nighttime cortisol levels. Finally, check with your doctor if you are considering taking a melatonin supplement -- it?s highly touted for its role in regulating sleep cycles, but there are conflicting opinions (and not a lot of good clinical evidence) about how safe it is when you?re sleeping for two.
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:04 am
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I'm sorry you're having to deal with that! I was the complete opposite in my first trimester, I couldn't stay awake and I never felt like I could get enough sleep. Once I hit the second trimester, sleeping got difficult and I started waking up several times a night, not being able to get comfortable and getting aches and pains. If I can't sleep at all and nothing works, I take a Benadryl and it knocks me out pretty quick so if you're able to take that, it's on the approved list for OTC meds while pregnant (THANK GOD!). Hopefully you're able to get some rest soon!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:43 am
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Thanks Jackie, I forgot about Benedryl until you posted the Tylenol Simply Sleep =)

I will try the Benedryl tonight and see how that goes. I am feeling pretty down since I thought that I'd be able to sleep once the last puppy finally went home. I just want to enjoy whatever I can of this pregnancy and feeling this frustrated is definitely not going to help =(
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:22 am
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sleep has been ok for me, but the dreams... oh man! the strangest. i don't think i've had a night where i just slept through the entire night straight, but when i do wake up i don't have a hard time falling back asleep thankfully. don't worry... like the ladies said, you can take benedryl and see if that helps! i'm sure it will, and hopefully it refreshes you. :)

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:34 am
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First trimester is simply unscripted... For me at the very beginning, I couldnt sleep through the night at all due to having to go to the bathroom way too often & the hormones (see what jackie said about the progestrone). But then after a few weeks, I was SO tired that sleeping wasnt an issue at all, it was all I was good for until about 16 weeks (even now still)...

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:39 am
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Yeah, my progesterone test at 15dpo was at 35.6 - my dr said it was high enough to be in the second trimester, but that there isn't really a hard and fast rule as to how high your progesterone could be in any trimester =)


 


 

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 11:24 am
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Oh gosh....sleep has been a nightmare since the beggining of this pregnancy. But not really a surprise since I already had insomnia when I did my EP last september and tehn, my hcg numbers were under 100!!


This time, first trimester I woke up everynight at around 1h00-2h00 am with nausea. Even though I ate or drank something, I was barely able to get back to sleep. Now, second trimester, no more nausea but I have to go to the bathroom at least twice a night and insomnia is back for no apparent reason. I had one week where I slept sooooooo well I though I was good...but nope!! I guess this won't get better for the rest of my pregnancy...


Anyway, first trimester is no fun, restless night or not so don't worry because you feel like you don't enjoy your pregnancy. I promise, 2nd trimester is way better (even though I still do insomnia :) )!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 11:46 am
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I am seriously going to cry, I'm so frustrated.  My emotional well-being was already suffering because of lack of sleep for the last 18 weeks.....I don't know how I'm going to do this short of closing my business......I'm going to have a nervous break-down if I can't sleep

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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OMG---I don't sleep at all anymore (I'm in the 3rd trimester, 34 weeks).  I'm up about every 3 hours either to pee or just because.  It's so annoying because it makes me even more tired the next day.  Grrr...

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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I guess I was lucky...I wasn't a frequent pee-er, even late into pregnancy there were many nites when I could go the whole nite without getting up to pee!
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm
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Oh, I feel for you, Claire :-( Any luck with any of the sleep aids?

I have had trouble sleeping since my first tri. It got a little better through my second tri, but now in my third tri it is near impossible again :-( I don't always have to get up to pee, it is just pretty uncomfortable and/or I just can't get to sleep (or back to sleep if I wake up). Maybe this is nature's way of easing us into sleepless nights with a baby :-)
Posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:50 am
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I get uncomfortable as well - so it could be a mix of both? Hopefully you can get some better sleep soon! Lately I've been having horrible nightmares that I'm waking up from. I hope you don't get those!


I don't get up often to pee - sometimes in the early morning but mostly I get woken up by hip soreness, dreams, or needing to flip sides.

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 4:27 am
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I took some Benedryl last night but it only helped for 4 hours. I guess it was something at least.
Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:38 am

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