Why You Aren’t Sleeping At 8 Months Pregnant You Need To Know

Why You Aren’t Sleeping At 8 Months Pregnant You Need To Know

For those of us who are nearing the end of pregnancy, we know that getting a good night sleep is virtually impossible.Here are a few reasons why you aren’t sleeping:

1. Baby likes to Jazzercise at 2 a.m.

Maybe she just has an affinity for 80s-era Jane Fonda, or maybe she really is just trying to torture you, but this kid is busting out some serious leg workouts at a seriously inopportune time.

2. There’s a fire in your ᴇsᴏᴘʜᴀɢᴜs

Hell hath no fury like pregnancy ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴜʀɴ the minute your body ʜɪᴛs ʜᴏʀɪᴢᴏɴᴛᴀʟ.  So either you stop eating your favorite enchiladas, or you buy sᴛᴏᴄᴋ in Tums.  Duh, easy choice.

3. Bladder ᴄᴀᴘᴀᴄɪᴛʏ is at an all-time low.

Why is it that the urge to ᴘᴇᴇ is greater at night than during the day?  I mean, c’mon…six trips to the bathroom in an eight-hour span?  Talk about ᴄʀᴜᴇʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ ᴘᴜɴɪsʜᴍᴇɴᴛ.  You might as well wear some Depends.

4. You’re hungry AF.

Sure, you had a full dinner, followed by a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  But it’s now 4 a.m. and your stomach is seriously growling for red grapes dipped in sour cream (don’t judge).  Too ʙᴀᴅ though, because you can’t get out of bed …and now you’re not just hungry, you’re ʜᴀɴɢʀʏ.

5. Must  Move  Legs.

It’s an urge you cannot ignore – the incessant need to stretch, move, shake, or rub your legs.  It’s like your lower extremities are screaming to run a marathon  even though you get winded walking to the mailbox.

6. Your body is ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ by pillows.

Tuck one under your belly, wedge one in between your knees, shove another one behind your lower back.  Before you know it, you’re so smothered with pillows, the idea of changing positions is just way more effort than it’s worth.

7. Insomnia has become the new normal.

Perhaps the most Fʀᴜsᴛʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ sleep disturbance: the inability to hit your brains “off” button.  As if your waking hours aren’t already focused on all the anxiety-inducing realities coming your way, nighttime brings about a whole new intensity to those looming Fᴇᴀʀs.

8/ Dreams are sᴄᴀʀʏ ᴀs ʜᴇʟʟ.

Here’s what’s really not fair: if by chance you actually DO manage to fall asleep, you’re likely greeted by some of the strangest, most chilling dreams of your life.  From the ʙɪᴢᴀʀʀᴇ (your 7th grade math teacher is your labor and delivery nurse), to the ʜᴏʀʀɪFʏɪɴɢ (your loved ones facing tragic ends), you’ve never been so grateful to wake up.

So yeah, you’re basically not sleeping.  Better get used to it.  But don’t worry…you will sleep well again…someday…years from now…maybe

 

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