I'm at 28 weeks today, and having a really hard time sleeping. I fall asleep just fine, but if anything wakes me up in the middle of the night it's impossible for me to fall back asleep any sooner than 2-3 hours. I have been stressed and sleep deprived and I am at my wit's end. I called my midwife today who said that Unisom or Benadryl is considered safe, so I'm contemplating taking some. However, I really try to avoid ANYTHING unnatural during pregnancy--eat organic, eat healthy, no artificial anything if I can help it. So obviously I'm hesitant.
My pre-sleep schedule isn't great, and this is part of the problem but it's tough to know what to do about it. I work (from home, granted) until about 10:15pm, I work in front of a computer at a mentally challenging job. I stay home during the day with my daughter, who is up at irregular times, but essentially I try to get to sleep ASAP after I'm done with work so I can deal with my daughter on days when she's up at 6am. This has worked ok during the whole 3 years we've done this, but since pregnancy it's like my brain doesn't get a chance to shut off before bed. I take a shower before bed and take 15 min to read, but that's not quite enough.
What would you do? Just take the Benadryl or Unisom, or deal with knowing what the stress and sleep deprivation are also doing to my baby?
Thanks for your feedback!