Bump in the night... A pregnancy confessional!

When you think of pregnancy symptoms, a few come to mind straight away. Morning sickness for a start, a growing tummy, cravings. But what about the night time? No one really tells you that night time can be a whole other ball game! Now that I am over half way through my pregnancy, I am noticing more and more symptoms that occur during the evening and during the night. Perhaps it is because I am so busy during the day, that I am kept occupied and often distracted. I've been working with Secret Saviours as one of their brand ambassadors and they thought it would be a great idea to share some of the things I have been dealing with during the wee hours (no pun intended)! Can any of you mamas relate?



Getting comfy. Or not.

The most comfortable place in your home suddenly becomes much less so when you're pregnant. You're not supposed to sleep on your back, you can't sleep on your front because there's an enormous bump in the way, so you have to learn to sleep on your side. Easier said than done when you're so used to sleeping on your front or back and even less easy when you've got aching hips! 

The need to pee. 24/7.

I get myself comfy, finally, and just as I drift off to sleep the bladder decides to kick into action and wake me up! I admit, there have been times where I have tried to ignore it and just go back to sleep but with the pressure of this baby I just have to give in. Why, oh why, did Ian move us to this stupid house with only one toilet all the way downstairs?! 

Hunger. Strikes!

So I've been to the loo. I'm back in bed. I've battled with my pregnancy pillow to get comfy on my side. Sleep, I am ready for you! But wait, what is that noise? That rumbling noise? It's close. It's... my stomach?! How can I be hungry, it's the middle of the night! I can't tell you how many times I have had to go down to the kitchen to fetch a midnight snack. 


Itch, itch, itch

Something that I really notice now I'm into the later half of pregnancy is how quickly my bump is growing. I'm sure it is getting bigger by the day! The rapid growth causing skin to s-t-r-e-t-c-h and it can feel so itchy! I'm so grateful to have my Secret Saviours Bump Support Pack which is clinically proven to help prevent stretch marks, especially the night cream which is so soothing on my itchy tummy.

Cramps

This is the most annoying night time symptom of all for me. As if I haven't jumped through enough hoops to get that elusive sleep, I am then rudely awoken by the feeling of my leg muscles seizing up and shooting pains. It's the worst! One of my due date forum friends suggested licking some salt before going to bed to help stop it, not that I have tried it yet! 

What symptoms do you suffer from at night time during pregnancy? Do you have any tips for coping at night?



I'm working with Secret Saviours as one of their brand ambassadors.

18 comments

  1. Oh god his takes me back. So many people say, oh you forget, but you really do. I forgot about the itching, I had a period where it was unbareable and had to keep lathering on bio oil. It's so important to keep moisturised, I don't have any stretch marks now. Nighttimes were the worst, I had hyperemesis which was worst at night and I used to even wake up through the night to be sick. Sounds like you have some great coping solutions. Good luck with the pregnancy, and hope you sleep soundly tonight x

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  2. Oh I really miss sleeping on my front!! I start off on my right side but then get a numb hip so have to keep switching sides throughout the night, but my husband moans if I snore in his face ;) And the weeing, where does it come from?! I get up and have a giant pee and then an hour later theres more!!

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  3. I have three children and for the last two, the cramps were awful! I also had very itchy skin. With my son, I had terrible SPD and literally couldn't get out of bed without rolling ungracefully to the floor. I also had terrible indigestion and an aversion to anything mint tasting of spelling. Bleurgh.

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  4. I'm so uncomfortable at night now, I really need to dig out the pregnancy pillow! I also wake up a lot, probably from being so uncomfortable. I love the look of the Secret Saviours Bump Support, off to check it out :) #SundayBest

    Helen x

    http://www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk

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  5. Yes you bump is looking bigger but so lovely! If there is something I don't miss is needing to go to the look every minute! You seem to cope well so far and writing about it like that is such a nice idea! I will do the same with Baby number 2 if it ever happens! #SundayBest

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  6. Urgh i remember so many of these things! The worst things for me were pelvic pain and heartburn. No tips for making it easier I'm afraid 😭

    #SundayBest

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  7. Oh bless you I remember all those and your bringing back so many memories. Though now I can chuckle about them. Sleep is for the weak I kept telling myself xxx #sundaybest

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  8. The getting up to pee is a given. I had that from about the third week of pregnancy. By month 9 I was getting up at least 3 times. The hip pain was horrible. Towards the end I could only sleep for about half an hour at a time. Then I had to wake up and roll myself over to the other side. The hunger came and went. I didn't have the itch or the cramps, but I did have some pretty bad issues with stomach acid towards the end. All that pressure on the stomach and a reclined position don't mix well. But whatever happens, it's only temporary. You'll get through it. #SundayBest

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  9. That bump support back looks amazing. I can't believe you have to treck all the way downstairs for a week though argh! x #SundayBest

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  10. Oh my goodness that has taken me right back to my presgnancies, especially the night time peeing! I could have lived on the loo! #SundayBest

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  11. This jogs some memories! I had huge bumps with my boys, showing at 9 weeks with my first & 7 weeks with my second. By the time I was halfway through I could barely get off the toilet by myself! Luckily though as I was showing so soon I didn't have that 'pop' so didn't get any stretch marks with either #SundayBest

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  12. Pregnancy really suits you - beautiful #sundaybest

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  13. Ah gosh this bought back memories! Do I really want another baby? ;) haha xx

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  14. I was never really a symptom sufferer during all 3 of my pregnancies, but with my last I suffered with terrible insomnia during the night! #sundaybest

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  15. I hated nights when i was pregnant. There is nothing better than getting into bed snuggling down after a long hard day, but then there is that bump in the way, even laying sideways the bump hurts as the weight isnt supported (even my pregnancy pillow got annoying as it just didnt quite do the trick - though it was better than no pillow)
    i got so itchy with my tummy towards the end, to the point i kept getting blood blisters from the hack job i did!
    as a first time mum i got so annoyed that they didnt tell me any of this! and i only got up once a night at the end. i was pretty impressed! though i really didnt sleep great but apparently thats your body getting used to "babys lack of sleep" HA - he sleeps 7-9am most days i went through it for nothing!!! #sundaybest

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  16. Yes to the peeing and the hunger!! I remember it well, I also haven't forgotten flipping acid reflux, yuck. Thanks for hosting #SundayBest

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  17. Oh yes, I remember all of that and the ITCHING! Omg it drove me mad!!!!

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