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Serious problems sleeping through the night .. anyone else?

The last few weeks have been brutal.  At 14 weeks, I am absolutely incapable of sleeping through the night.  I haven't yet counted, but I must wake up EVERY night 5-6 times to go pee.  This has been ever since I got pregnant, more so as the weeks progress.

I don't drink excessive amounts of liquid near bedtime, and cut-out caffeine after about mid-day too (the limited amounts that I do drink), and am just so frustrated.  I'm going to discuss it with my doctor at my second prenatal appointment, because I feel the interrupted sleep is contributing to my feeling nauseous in the mornings.

DH joked that it's my body getting ready for when I have to be up feeding the baby every couple of hours. I might agree, but I'm ONLY 14 weeks! I'm nowhere NEAR to doing the whole breastfeeding thing just yet!  Does anyone else have this problem?!

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  • I don't wake up to pee frequently, but no matter what time I go to sleep I'm WIDE awake from 3:30am-5:30am. The baby definitely sleeps during the day and kicks me all night long. Add in the RLS on occasion, hormones, etc. and sleep is just not very good. It really does help prep you for night waking and feedings though... and at least you don't have to think right now and actually keep your eyes open. GL!
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  • I would definitely bring it up with your doctor. It's a little early to have to suffer through sleep so much - maybe your Dr can help you.

    I'm 24 weeks, I wake up once a night to pee but I've been waking up frequently because my arms go numb & last night I had a charlie horse. You'll hit a point where laying on your back is brutal so I know that's why I'm waking up but it's hard to stay on my side! 

  • I've been having problems sleeping but not really so much for the potty breaks. For some reason, I just can't seem to  get comfortable at night even though I'm a side sleeper. I end up tossing and turning all night long, so I'm just dead tired the next day. I keep trying the body pillow to see if that will make things more comfortable, but that doesn't seem to be doing much now. I will talk to my doctor about this and see what he says.

  • I have trouble sleeping, but not really for frequent peeing.  I might wake up here and there and have to pee in the middle of the night, but mostly I'm tossing and turning throughout sleep. 

    If I go to sleep between 10:00pm and 10:30pm, I'm wide awake around 4:30am.  It's awful because I don't get another full sleep cycle in before my alarm goes off, so I feel incredibly exhausted and can't get out of bed.  I really need to get this under control!   When I went to bed around 8:30pm a few weeks ago, I slept like a baby and felt great the next day at work.  If only I could do that every night...


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  • The past week, I wake up short of breath if I roll over on my right side. Consequently, I sleep most of the night on my left side then wake up with a sore shoulder. Pee isn't keeping me up but discomfort is :/
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  • I'm with you. At first it was from having to pee so often, but in the past month or so, it's just been plain old insomnia, tossing and turning.

    We did go on a short vacation and stayed at a Marriott that had like the most comfortable bed ever, and I slept decently well there. I am thinking about getting some new pillows for my bed at home to see if that helps.

    It sucks.


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  • I will say that after a few weeks in second tri, my need to pee in the middle of the night lessened quite a bit. I went from 3-4 times per night to more like 1 or 2. So maybe as you ease your way into second tri you'll get some relief there.

    With that said, I still have plenty of trouble sleeping without having to physically get up and use the bathroom. Some nights are better than others, but discomfort in my back and hips has become more of a problem now. And sometimes I seem to wake up for no reason at all. I guess there will always be something. Hopefully your OB will have some ideas for you, but I'm leaning towards the whole "every pregnancy is different" thing and poor sleep just comes with the territory.

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  • This week has been really rough also. I toss and turn throughout the night. The baby I believe sleeps throughout the day but is active at night. Its so strange. No matter how late I go to bed, about 4-4:30 im up tossing and turning and going to pee. Then I fight to go back to sleep.  Its terrible and its been like this everyday since 14 weeks.
  • I drink a ton all day long 8-10 glasses, but nothing after dinner.  I think I was up more with my last pregnancy, so maybe this is helping.  I can't eat or drink a lot before bed because of my acid reflux, so that keeps me in line and remembering. 
  • Around 14 weeks I was waking up almost every hour on the dot to use the bathroom and that continued until about 18-19 weeks. Now I wake up less frequently, but I'm awake more between 2:30-4:00 because of heartburn. And feeling so hungry I can't sleep. Maybe there will be relief in the second tri? Although, somehow I seriously doubt it! 
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  • What your experiencing is totally normal. Even if I don't pee all the time throughout the night, some nights are still rougher than others for me. I take Benadryl at night. Not every night, but at least 3 nights a week and when I do I wake less frequently. My doctor okayed me to take it because I could not sleep during my first trimester. Maybe ask your doctor if it's okay for you to take too! Good luck :)

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  • Okay, this is SUCH a relief to hear that others are experiencing similar things (even if it's not related to peeing, just difficulty sleeping in general).  Thanks all for your contributions!

    I'll defo bring it up with the doctor next time I see her, I can't keep going like this for the next 180 days!  Definitely hoping it subsides before then though, because that's still another 4 or 5 weeks off, haha.

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  • Tylenol PM has saved my life! :) I take one pill instead of the full dosage, and it usually works. 

    I will also say, something I've noticed is that your body is possibly not waking you up to pee, but rather making you NEED to pee because you woke up. It's got something to do with the state of sleep you're in.

    Good luck!  

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  • I've certainly been having sleeping issues. It used to be because I kept peeing but I stopped drinking a lot after 7 and that has helped, I only do it 1 or 2x a night. NOW my issue is comfort. I like sleeping on my side but something still isn't comfortable and it's SO irritating !!! I'm thinking about getting a body pillow but I'm hesitant because they're so much money.. ;/ 
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  • Totally normal. I have not slept through the night since 10 weeks. It starts early as your kidneys will expand to be able to handle the extra fluid your body will produce and then then it continues as your uterus grows and begins to press on your bladder. I average about 2 hours of sleep in between each wake-up. You will quickly get used to it.
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  • Same here, sister.  I used to sleep like a rock but now anything can wake me up and then I stay awake.  But during the day, I'm exhausted.

    It doesn't help that I seem to just naturally pee more at night.  Womp womp.

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  • Yes, I get up at least two times a night.  I can speak from experience with breastfeeding that it really disrupts your sleep.  I am on a plan for this week to not drink liquids after 8pm so that maybe I can sleep more consistently.
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  • I haven't slept through the night for the last 3 months :( I feel great if I go 4 hours without waking up. If I'm not up to pee, then I'm trying to find a better sleeping position. It stinks, but I guess I better get used to it.


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