Thursday, March 31, 2011

Confessions of a First Trimester Insomniac

Pretty much the minute I conceived this little punkin, the insomnia started. Like, pretty much the night I had my own "Look Who's Talking" opening scene (you know where the sperm freak out the poor little egg and then BAM! Things start happening), I stopped being able to sleep through the night. And boy does it suck.

It was literally my first pregnancy symptom, starting probably 2 weeks before the achy boobs and mood swings came along. Before I knew I was pregnant, I had just been chalking it up to stress - the stress of being in a new place, the stress of hunting for a job in a crappy market, the stress of just being a new wife in general. Yep, I was totally wrong. My insomnia is just another present from those special friends called pregnancy hormones. Isn't that nice of them?

Some speculate that as much as 78% of women experience insomnia in their first trimester. That's comforting to know, but how come I don't know any of these women?!? All you ever seem to hear about is how women just want lots of sleep and are so exhausted and end up getting 12 hours, rather than the normal 8 hours, each night. While the being overly-tired part is certainly true, I'd love to know where my 12 hours a night are! These days, I've gone from a sound sleeper to one who's up every couple of hours, sometimes finding myself wide awake at 4 AM with no hope of going back to sleep. I know, sounds like fun right?

Poor hubby, I must say. Because it's affected him too. My tossing and turning at night wishing I was asleep ends up waking him...but being the incredible guy that he is, I generally find myself having an arm wrapped around me, a hand rubbing my back, a kiss on my forehead, and when things are really bad a friend to cuddle on the couch with and watch bad AM television. I know, what a guy! Though I have to confess, he's gone now for 2 months to do some training and I hate to say sleep has come a tiny bit easier. I hate to say that. Hate it. Why? Because I love my husband so very much and I love having my best friend laying next to me every night. I love it....but...well, he kinda takes up a lot of room on the bed and he really is a snuggler which normally I'd love! But when I can't sleep and all I want to do is spread out and roll around and take up the bed, it's just so much easier that he's away. God, I know that probably makes me sound awful, doesn't it?

Luckily, supposedly, the insomnia will leave me (along with the nausea, total exhaustion, and boobs that scream if you look at them) sometime in the second trimester which is now less than 4 weeks away. And hopefully, when hubby return at the end of May, I'll enjoy snuggling with him again...and sleeping through the night.

Ahhh sleeping through the night.....

1 comment:

  1. My first symptom which I had NO idea it was even a 'symptom' was the killer headache I had for 3 weeks....

    and the sleep thing, it's not going to get any better...the thing I've noticed, Ive been taking way more naps. :-p Invest in a body pillow for sure...but when you get to my point they dont even help..and the getting up to pee 4/5 times a night...oh the joys ;) haha