Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Itching and twitching

If you ask me, I've been pretty good throughout this whole pregnancy thing. I'm not demanding Bob fly off to Chicago to buy me pizza (as some Southwest commercial suggests women do) and I don't feel like I've been extra moody or emotional. Yes, I will rant about my Colts (who won, so they have a few days off from my tirades) and bad drivers are still subject to my wrath. But I did that stuff before I was pregnant. I'm a bit of a hothead I guess.

I'm saying all of this, but honestly, I have no idea how good or bad I've been. Bob won't tell me. He's way too patient with me. I keep telling him he should write a blog about how crazy and awful I'm acting, but he says I'm an angel.

At least he did until last night...

We went to see a play in Ford's Theatre (where Lincoln was shot). It's an old theatre and the seating hasn't changed, so it was a little cramped. This meant no crossed legs for me. I know I've written about restless legs before, but I don't just get them at night. Crossing my legs and shaking at least one foot is a great way for me to release that extra energy in my legs.

Since I couldn't do that, I just bobbed my legs up and down. Bob had to scoot over in his chair to get away from my constant motion.

Then I just couldn't get comfy. My back hurt if I sat up straight. It hurt if I leaned to the side. It hurt if I slouched. I spent the entire hour and a half readjusting myself. The people behind us were probably just as annoyed as Bob.

When the play was over and we got up to leave, I felt a weird weight on my back. All of my movements had dislodged the velcroed cushion from the chair and it was stuck to my back! Bob had to unstick me and rush to put it back on my chair.

It's been getting harder and harder for me to sleep, but I was exhausted during the play, so I just knew sleep would be easy last night.

It was not. My legs were more restless than usual and I itched everywhere! And not on my stomach. My fingers, feet, knees, back, shoulders and even hair itched.

Bob has been able to sleep through these bouts, as have the cats. But last night was worse.

I also could not get comfortable. I try to start out on my left side, since I keep reading it's the best. But usually my arm goes to sleep and I have to switch sides. Last night, the skin on the right side of my stomach ached. I assume from the weight of my stomach. It wasn't that painful, but it was uncomfortable.

So, I switched to my right side. Now let me explain that switching sides is not an easy process for me. I have to use both arms and my feet. I also have to grunt and groan. (I probably don't have to, but for some reason I always do.) So I fuss and fidget and finally get myself set up on my right side. Well, that makes the left side of my stomach ache. Great.

I read in a weekly email from the American Pregnancy Association that I could sleep on my back (they even recommended stomach if that's what helps you sleep) so I tried that. Well, the kicking and itching just wouldn't stop.

Bob is not a heavy sleeper. So he had to endure my kicks, itches and fusses. Surprisingly, he didn't feel the need to kick, itch or fuss back at me.

It took me two hours, but I finally exhausted myself after midnight.

Then my bladder woke me up before six. This isn't uncommon, but after all the issues finally falling asleep last night, I think we both knew we wouldn't get any more sleep.

My stomach no longer ached, but Little Elvis was up and active. I think he's going to be a gymnast. I swear he was turning flips. I definitely can't go to sleep when he's being so active and cute.

So, both Bob and I are tired today. And I feel really guilty for making him put up with all my newfound quirks last night. I promised him that tonight I would sleep in the guest room. He says he's fine, but I hate taking his sleep away from him, especially when we're going to be so sleep deprived in less than 9 weeks!

Are any of you having issues sleeping? Got any advice?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 in 7 pregnant women have RLS. In my research it seems Vit E, Calcium, Magnesium, Folic Acid, B vitamins (esp. B12) all seem to help the condition. Your prenatal vitamins probably contain all of these. Maybe also try a hot bath before bed. Good-luck.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous taraden said...

I definately had a good chuckle reading this post. I seem to be having the same sleeping troubles as you.

I have noticed though, that if I place pillow between my legs (one of those long sort of cylinder shaped body pillows work best) while sleeping on either side...with my legs sort of bent seems to make me have a less interupted sleep. Might just be me... but maybe give that a shot.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks taraden! We actually ended up buying a pregnancy pillow after that sleepless night. It's been great!

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