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Tylenol PM vs. Melatonin in early labor / nighttime labor?

post #1 of 4
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Hi All,

Everything I've heard says that if you go into labor in the middle of the night, to sleep as much as you can for as long as you can. I mean, that's great in theory, but....my midwife yesterday said to take a Tylenol PM if I go into labor at night to help sleep. I forgot to ask her about melatonin at the time, but wondering if anyone has any experience or advice on that front? I'm not crazy about taking any sort of drug, but also am the kind of person who really needs her sleep adn does not do well without it!  

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 4

Melatonin can throw your sleep cycle out of whack if you take it at random times. The only time it's recommended to take it is around your usual bedtime when you plan to sleep for your usual length of time. I probably wouldn't take it at all, but if you start feeling a little funky in the evening it might be okay to take it at your usual bedtime, but you might be pretty groggy if you get woken up by contractions at 3 AM. Tylenol PM (or just Benadryl, which is the PM ingredient in Tylenol PM) doesn't hang around in your system as long. I definitely wouldn't take it if you are up in the middle of the night feeling a little contract-y.

post #3 of 4
I ended up taking Benadryl the night I was in labour. I didn't think I'd have him that night and was trying to get some rest. I didn't end up sleeping much, but I was quite alert when he was born a few hours after taking it. I took gravel the night before and it didn't really help me sleep. I find sleeping during early labour to be such a challenge.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks to both of you for your input! I went out and bought some Tylenol PM last night to have on hand...whenever it happens!!

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