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?!
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.
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!