When you see those two little lines on a pregnancy test, you know your whole life is going to change.
Just one of the things that may never be the same will be your sleep pattern. Tiredness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. From early pregnancy insomnia, to third trimester discomfort, pregnancy is not a restful time for the vast majority of women. And that’s before the baby comes and a full night’s sleep becomes more elusive than ever.
“I had never in my life been as tired as I was at age 22 while pregnant with my first child. I could (and did) fall asleep just about anytime I sat down. The couch was a guarantee I’d doze off, a recliner was nearly as bad. I even once nodded off at the doctor’s office waiting room,” she writes.
She says, however, this was nothing compared to the tiredness she experienced when her son was born.
“There were literal tears of tiredness shed, and if you’d given me a magic time machine I’d have gladly hopped in and transported back a few weeks to my pregnancy days. At least then I was getting deep sleep. Sure, I had to wake up enough to waddle to the bathroom in the ‘wee’ hours, but I didn’t have the stress of worrying if everything was alright with our son.”
Other mothers chimed in, with their opinion on which was worse – pregnancy fatigue or newborn sleep deprivation and responses were mixed. Sarah says she was surprised to hear this,
“I get how bone-achingly exhausting it can be, but it still didn’t compare to the unpredictability of sleep and stress I felt caring for a newborn.”
How did you cope with pregnancy symptoms? Were you more tired during pregnancy or when the baby arrived? Did you receive support from those around you? Share your story HERE!