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10 Ways I Pass the Time with Pregnancy Insomnia

I am so tired today after another night of very little sleep. In past pregnancies, this insomnia that often strikes in the third trimester of pregnancy didn’t really matter too much because I could sneak a nap in for myself when the kids had their nap or “quiet time.” I don’t have that option now due to the commitments that come with having older children, work deadlines, needing not to sleep through picking my older kids up from school, and, well, life.

It’s also extra exhausting because my normal pregnancy insomnia is complicated by a health issue that causes great pain keeping me up, yet medication that makes me oh-so-much-more tired. I can’t seem to win. So, for now, I am functioning on very little sleep, and with baby boy on schedule to come in just over a month that’s likely not going to change. I am cool with it, though. For me, it’s easier to deal with it when it’s the baby’s fault and not because I’m in pain, uncomfortable, and/or going crazy in my brain.

If you find yourself going through third-trimester pregnancy insomnia as well, here are 10 ways I’ve found myself passing the time while laying in bed wishing I was actually asleep.

  • 10 Ways I Pass The Time With Pregnancy Insomnia 1 of 11
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    If only I was more productive when I can't sleep!

  • Scrolling Through Instagram 2 of 11
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    Can you believe this is my first pregnancy with the help of a smartphone? I spend a lot of time when I'm sleeping scrolling through photos on Instagram. I just wish there were more people posting at 3 in the morning.

  • Watching Netflix 3 of 11
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    It's also the first pregnancy where I have Netflix to provide me with unlimited watching no matter the time. Currently bulk-watching: 19 Kids and Counting.

  • Using the Washroom 4 of 11
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    It seems like it's a never-fail situation that as soon as I get comfortable and nearly fall asleep, I have to use the washroom — again.

  • Going Through the List 5 of 11
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    I have a large to-do list of things that I need to get through — well, hoping to get through — before the baby arrives. I find myself going through all those points again in the middle of the night.

  • Worrying 6 of 11
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    I have some worries for this pregnancy, and I tend to worry extra hard when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep.

  • Watching My Belly 7 of 11
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    I am at the stage of pregnancy where you don't just feel the baby move, but you can actually see the baby move. I tend to spend a lot of restless nights just watching him move around.

  • Kicking My Snoring Partner 8 of 11
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    Well, not every night, but it happens where my partner is lightly snoring, happily asleep while I lay there mad that I can't get any rest. Sure, he gets a gentle kick or two.

  • Counting the Hours Left 9 of 11
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    I always do this in the middle of the night where I will calculate how many hours, if I fell asleep right now, I would have before I had to wake up to help the kids get off to school. It tends just to make me go a little crazy and, well, mad.

  • Debating If I Should Eat 10 of 11
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    I don't have much of an appetite, but when I do, it seems to strike in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping but can't. I end up having the debate in my head if I should forgo the sleep that's not happening in favor of a bowl of fruit.

  • Lying in the Bathtub 11 of 11
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    Warm baths in the quiet has become, like, my thing, and if I'm not lying angrily in bed wishing I could sleep, I am a little less angry lying in the bathtub.

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!

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