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Trouble Sleeping!

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I am a first time mommy and I am now currently in my 35th week or 3rd trimester. I am having a difficult time getting comfortable at night and can't seem to fall asleep quick enough. I have read that laying on your left hand side is the most safe position to sleep on during your last trimester and have heard all the horror stories of sleeping on your back and right hand side. Am I the only one that has had this trouble or are there some methods or even positions that I can try to sleep in that are both comfortable for me and safe for my unborn baby? Oh yeah, and I have even stayed up all day and into the hours of the night making myself extra tired in hopes that that would work, but NOTHING!

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i have the same problem and i do some work around the house and walk a lot to get my self worn out... i am 31 weeks pregnant and the same thing.... also lay down and read a book before bed... sometimes it helps get you really tired. if you put a pillow between your legs for more comfort too it relieves some of the pressure
I was in your position a few weeks ago, I'm 38 weeks now.  I was still running, weight training, going to school, and taking care of our 2 yr old, not to mention running errands and being a wife.  I asked my OB what I should do because I couldn't sleep well or fall asleep, I'd just walk around tired, but still managed to do everything.She said to take Melatonin- it's a natural supplement you can find at health food stores [Trader Joe's, Whole Foods], or vitamin stores, probably even the vitamin aisle in Target or Wal-Mart.  It does work, and I didn't feel like I developed a dependency for it [I can finally sleep again on my own!].  She also said it's safe to take TylenolPM- she said it's basically Tylenol with Benadryl.  I didn't feel comfortable with that- Benadryl does some weird stuff to different people.I was also going insane and waking up with a stiff left leg and arm everyday.  With my first, I didn't worry as much, but I decided to pipe up this time since my anxiety was driving me nuts.  My OB looked at me as if I was nuts when I told her I was only sleeping on my left side.  She said it's perfectly fine to sleep on your right, but didn't recomend sleeping on my back [when you get a little bigger, you'll totally see why].Try some Melatonin and just remember to sleep on either side, don't let the anxiety get the best of you!  Its natural to worry, but these babies can handle a lot more than we could ever give them credit for!
I am 33 1/2 weeks pregnant and have not slept through the night since week 14. It is ohk to sleep on either the left or right side (however, drs prefer you try and sleep on the left longer). I was told I had pregnancy induced insomnia and that I would be lucky to get more than 5 hours of sleep a night no matter what I did throughout the day. I keep telling myself that once the baby is born, I will be all set for those 2am feedings. The best advice I can give you is: if you are tired during the day and have the opportunity to take a nap do it. If your not sleeping at night as it is, you might as well get as much sleep during the day as possible.
I'm in my second trimester with my second child, and when I was in the 3rd trimester with my son, I had to sleep in a recliner.  My husband set me up with an ice chest, snacks and my phone charging on the table nearby, and would tuck me in!  It was the only way I could get more than 3 hours at a time from weeks 33 until I finally went into labor!  

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