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)
Pregnant and Exercise
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.
Pregnancy at 20 Weeks
Yes! You are halfway through your pregnancy this week…and…
- You have gained about 10 pounds.
- You can feel the top of your uterus at the level of your belly button.
- Be careful to get enough nourishment which includes foods with iron.
- Iron helps your body keep up with your increased blood volume.
- Foods with iron…red meat, dark meat poultry, legumes, soy based foods, spinach, prune juice, raisins and iron fortified cereals.
- Time to start looking for childbirth classes-ask your friends or take recommendations from your practitioner.
What about your baby…he is growing, growing and …
Baby at 20 Weeks
- He is approximately the size of a banana.
- He is 10 1/2 ounces in weight.
- He is 6 1/2 from head to butt or 10 inches head to toe.
- He is swallowing and also producing meconium ( a black, gooey product of digestion).
- Meconium will be his first stool, some babies pass meconium in utero or during delivery.
“I found it so much easier to sleep on my side when I hugged a pillow and wrapped my legs around it. In fact, two years after the birth of my child, it’s still my favorite way to fall asleep.”
Your pregnancy: 20 weeks | BabyCenter.
“Oh But For a Good Night’s Sleep”
You might start snoring for the first time which is due to more estrogen and the swelling of the mucous membranes in your nose.
- Remedy suggestion for snoring: Sleep on your side and elevate your head slightly.
Heartburn and indigestion may become an annoyance and make it uncomfortable to lie down.
- Remedy: Avoid foods that bother you, eat two to three hours before going to bed and sleep slightly elevated with some extra pillows.
Leg cramps can literally be a pain which comes out of no where when you are sleeping.
- Remedy suggestion: get out of bed and stand up or walk around a bit.
Just plain uncomfortable in bed these days…no comfortable position?
- Remedy suggestion: Use some extra pillows between your legs or supporting your belly while sleeping on your side…you might even try a maternity contour pillow.
Feeling hot and sweaty during the night is not uncommon due to a shift in your metabolism, hormones and weight. Waking up soaking wet is one of my most vivid memories of pregnancy. My husband slept with a blanket and I slept with a fan blowing on me.
- Remedy for hot and sweaty nights: Your bedroom should be cool and wearing sleepwear that is natural and made with breathable fiber, cotton is great but synthetics are not.
My friend and well-known blogger, Jessica Shyba at Momma’s Gone City, writes about some great, comfy sleepwear and other great things from one of her mom favorites Belabumbum. Jessica has four kids and a lot of great posts about family and fashion among other topics. Right now, if you click over to Mommas Gone City you will get a savings code for Belabumbum until Mother’s Day!
Pregnancy is a very special time that I am happy to be sharing with my younger daughter. She will be writing a post here next week…