Sweet Evasive Slumberland
by Adrienne Lavine
Setting out to slumberland seems to be a sweet memory of my pre-pregnancy state of mind.
Since I became pregnant the reality is I never know how I’m going to sleep at night . I always fall asleep pretty fast but I hardly ever stay asleep for any length of time. Getting up to go to the bathroom several times a night is inevitable. Whether or not I get back to sleep can be quite the challenge.
Sleep being difficult since becoming pregnant has forced me to develop a nightly routine which helps me to sleep better. I try to incorporate relaxing and soothing things into my nightly quest for sleep. I start to wind down about an hour before slipping off to slumberland.
- I wash my face and put on moisturizer.
- Take a hot shower and lather up with Dial lavender body wash because I love the soothing scent.
- Oil my thighs, butt, belly and boobs with Clairins Houle Tonic to prevent stretch marks (recently, I switched to Weleda).
- Climb into some comfy PJs (this includes a sports bra or sleep bra) and recently I was introduced to Belabumbum from my mom’s friend Jessica at Momma’s Gone City.
- Take my prenatal vitamin and extra folic acid.
- Curl up in bed with my body pillow and husband.
- Since the baby is able to enjoy music, play Mozart for him.
- Lights off…Slumberland awaits!
Tips for sleep:
Now that the weather is warmer, my husband and I also take a walk at night after dinner. The fresh air and sounds of summer also have quite the calming effect on me.
If I can’t stay asleep, there are a few things that I do. I switch them up because every night is different.
Listen to music (I put my laptop on the floor and turn on Pandora. Commercial-free is essential)
Get up and go into the family room to read a magazine or book (sometimes I just like to flip through the latest issue of Marie Claire)
Have a cup of hot tea (decaf, of course) with a piece of whole grain toast and peanut butter
Turn the lights on dim in the hallway and crack my door a tiny bit (sometimes the dark and quiet is a bit suffocating)
These are just a few things that work for me but sometimes I’m awake for a couple hours during the night and know that there is a better night’s sleep ahead.