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post #1 of 21
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It's 3:48-- anyone else awake? I am sitting on a bag of frozen peas (stupid rhoids) and waiting for the heartburn meds to kick in (stupid heartburn) and wishing my feet would be still (stupid RLS). Anyone else in the same boat?
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
It's 3:48-- anyone else awake? I am sitting on a bag of frozen peas (stupid rhoids) and waiting for the heartburn meds to kick in (stupid heartburn) and wishing my feet would be still (stupid RLS). Anyone else in the same boat?
I wish I would have seen this last night! DD is struggling with night terrors right now...horrible.

Hope you managed to get some sleep after all!

OH, and have you (for your rhoids) tried soaking cloth pads in witch hazel? Soak 'em up, and then stick 'em in the freezer. The coldness helps so much....I do this postpartum, but great for rhoids as well.
post #3 of 21
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I fell back asleep around 6 and slept until 7:30. I actually got a script at my appointment today. I've tried witch hazel pads, but it didn't help too much. It's pretty bad.

My midwife told me to quit being a martyr and take the unisom (nicer than that though, LOL!) I just feel really guilty taking meds. I have never had a pregnancy where I've taken so many medications!
post #4 of 21
If only I'd thought to pop on here! I was up 'til about 4am. Tried deep breathing, journaling, reading, but the heartburn (which doesn't feel like burn-y, just like nausea that gets worse when I lie flat) and SPD were driving me crazy.

I took some papaya enzyme, am going to keep doing that today. Also, I think I may resort to the doxepin to help me sleep tonight. It's pretty great stuff actually, sort of a prescription Benadryl, that's totally safe (or so my doctor tells me).
post #5 of 21
I am also having a terrible time sleeping - I'm up at least twice to pee, and I'm so damn HOT all the time (it's still high 80's here, even at night) that sometimes around 3am I relocate to the livingroom where we have A/C.

I'm so tired all the time that it's hard not to get anxiety-ridden about being up at night, since I know I'm facing work + a 2 year old and a 4 year old in the am!
post #6 of 21
Poor AM ~ those babies are going to be the cutest little things ever to make up for all your misery!

I thought I was done with insomnia until last night when I was staring, agitated, at the clock at 3am. I gave up at 6am after patchy sleep and did some light housework (i.e. I organized my knitting pattern queue on Ravelry).
post #7 of 21
Fell asleep around 1:30am (I'm a night owl).

Woke up at 5:30am with the urge to pee and eat (this normally doesn't happen until 7-8am).

Laid in bed willing myself to fall asleep until it finally happened at 8:30am.

Had to get up at 9:30am for work.

People joke that this is a preview of my sleep schedule after the kid is born. That's fine and all. But I think I could've waited on the preview for another month or so.
post #8 of 21
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People joke that this is a preview of my sleep schedule after the kid is born. That's fine and all. But I think I could've waited on the preview for another month or so.
Maybe, but with the exception that you get to take naps when the baby naps instead of waking up early for work, at least for a while (unless you're quitting your job).
post #9 of 21
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Sigh. Here I am again. We're visiting our hometown this weekend because my sister is having a baby shower for me tomorrow. I dozed off on the three hour car ride and fell asleep here around midnight, only to wake myself up with killer heartburn. I took medicine, but left the quick acting stuff at home. Whoops.
post #10 of 21
I'm up too. DH is snoring next to me and DD is asleep half on to of me as I sit here lurking away. I'm hoping to get some sleep here soon. I feel your pain...
post #11 of 21
Not sure if I cured my insomnia, or just crashed out from lack of sleep but I slept a continuous 9 hours last night!! Didn't even wake up at the usual 7-8am to pee/eat!

Two explanations:
•*Because I got such wretched sleep the night before and was making up for it.
• Because I completely rearranged the bedroom. Before last night, we slept with our heads facing north, which is supposed to guarantee disrupted sleep. Now we face east...and it was glorious.
post #12 of 21
I've been yawning all bloody day, since my son woke up at 6am. But even after taking my cal/mag, drinking my Peaceful Mama tea, and eating a bedtime snack, I still can't go to sleep. So annoying!!
post #13 of 21
up every hour last night and the last three nights...even with the cal/mag and my herbs...my eyes are having a hard time staying open at work.
NOT looking forward to today.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
I've actually had two good nights' sleep in a row, knock wood.
post #15 of 21
Has anyone noticed a sharp increase in BH cntx when you get less sleep? I was doing pretty well on the sleep front and I noticed that the cntx slowed to a stop. Last week I had one night of insomnia and the next day I was exhausted, anxious, and cranky all day long. The same thing happened the next night, and the day after that, I was having BH cntx like crazy and I still am.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
I've actually had two good nights' sleep in a row, knock wood.
Yeah, so glad for you.
I finally went to sleep around 1am, the boy woke us up briefly at 5am, but then slept until 7:15, which is late for him. Small victories....
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by nova22 View Post
Has anyone noticed a sharp increase in BH cntx when you get less sleep? I was doing pretty well on the sleep front and I noticed that the cntx slowed to a stop. Last week I had one night of insomnia and the next day I was exhausted, anxious, and cranky all day long. The same thing happened the next night, and the day after that, I was having BH cntx like crazy and I still am.
EVERYTHING is worse for me without sleep, including BH and cramping. I also have seizures (juvenile partial clonic, they're like little tics) and they're worse when I don't sleep. It's so hard.
post #18 of 21
I'm so darn fed up with the insomnia now. I am so tired all day, but I dread night coming. I'm taking tons of cal/mag and it helped for a while, but I guess the effectiveness is waring off or something...

As far as the rhoids, I got them real bad last pregnancy. Hasn't been quite as bad this time yet, but I found last time the best thing for it was a bath with a good few drops of pure lavender oil. I would just soak in it and it helps soothe and shrink them. I'd have lavender baths at 3am when I couldn't sleep from the pain. It helped.
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
A lavender bath sounds lovely, no matter when.

I'll admit, when it comes to rhoids I go right for the big guns. It's been a problem with every pregnancy. With my second, I ended up in the ER with a newborn the day after we were released from the hospital. With Daniel, my last, I ended up unanesthetized on the table in the doctor's office getting them cut. I think I've tired pretty much everything out there, natural and un, and this time I went right for the ProctoFoam which I think is the best. thing. ever. Shrunk the suckers in less than 2 days and I can sit again.

I started PT today and just did my exercises. I'm hoping maybe I'll get another good night's sleep.
post #20 of 21
I've been doing either rescue remedy pills or chamomile tea and if I do wake up I have my MP3 player set up with birthing through hypnosis-"vacation relaxation". I don't really fall back to sleep, but at least I'm relaxed and semi-dozing. Also, benadryl is supposed to be fine in pregnancy. A friend took it from day one for her allergies during pregnancy and apparently it has a documented anti-depressant effect on top of causing sleepiness and drying up the snots.
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