How far along? 29 Weeks
Baby Size: Acorn squash. Over 2.5lbs.
Weight gain: 25lbs
Maternity clothes? Just wishing I could live in workout shorts and tanks. Except, that we just got snow and it’s super cold.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: Feeling how active the baby gets when I carry big brother!
Miss Anything? Overall functionality. It’s getting more difficult to dress my son, or change his diaper, or put him in his crib, or change my socks. I still have the range of motion to do it, but I don’t anticipate it lasting much longer.
Movement: Definitely some limbs jabbing out here and there. He’s pretty calm during the day, unless big brother is sitting on my belly.
Food cravings: Oranges. I can’t get enough!
Gender: Boy number 2!
Looking forward to: Hearing our little guy’s heartbeat today and finding out how everything is progressing.
Sleeping In Pregnancy
If I am being completely honest, I never had issues sleeping during my first pregnancy. I slept like a rock and was able to fall right back to sleep despite my 600 night time trips to the bathroom. This is NOT the case with this pregnancy. I feel like a cat with all of the position changes I need. I get super hot just being alive, and random body parts fall asleep before I do, which is extremely uncomfortable.
Here’s what I have been doing to help my sleep. First, I try to get in some exercise most days. This might just be a long/slow walk on my rest days, or it could be a run or FWK workout. Getting in that activity, despite how tired I feel some days, perks me up during the day and helps me go into a deeper sleep at night.
Next, besides exercise, I make it a point to have some sleepy time tea each night. I usually drink it earlier, around 8:30. It’s when I begin my wind down. That way, if I am trying to sleep by 10, I can pee most of it out by then! Drinking this tea calms me, and doing it each night gets me into a bedtime routine. We have children on bed time routines. Why not have one ourselves? It triggers our bodies that we will in fact be going to sleep soon.
Third, I eat a big dinner. We usually eat around 5:30. I used to have a snack before bed but I think it was keeping me up trying to digest it. I also would wake up in the middle of the night super hungry if I didn’t have the snack, which would then keep me up! This week I have been eating more at dinner and skipping my snack. I have been falling asleep easier, so I think this is working. I’m also not waking up in the middle of the night hungry.
Fourth, I read before bed. I find a book that I look forward to reading, but that I am not so engrossed in that I cannot put it down. This helps me to get tired but to put the book down once I need to sleep. This also gives me time to hit the bathroom 1600 times before I attempt to fall asleep.
Finally, I sleep in very light clothing. With my first pregnancy I was able to open the window and freeze my husband out. This time, I’m trying to be kinder, but also we have a child in the house who I cannot freeze out without guilt. We also live in a much colder climate this time, so I think the open window would definitely not be appreciated. This means I need to stay cool, but I’m definitely that person who needs some kind of blanket on me despite being super hot. I sleep in very light clothing and just use the sheet as needed.
These simple steps don’t take long, but they help me to sleep better. The days when I get in a great workout I get a nice deep sleep that evening. Being well hydrated and well nourished, without eating too close to bed, also helps me get a nice deep sleep. Do you struggle to sleep in pregnancy? What helps you?