The Third Trimester Brings Pure ExhaustionLauren Jimeson
Most of the complaints that I hear from friends that are nearing the end of their pregnancy are the backaches, heartburn, and general discomfort. Those side effects are present during my third trimester, but I have found them manageable.
For the most part, I am finding some relief during the last trimester of my second pregnancy. The awful morning sickness that has plagued me from 6 weeks on is finally more sporadic instead of every morning (although I am convinced it is here until the very end.) That alone, is making the end a more enjoyable one.
But there is something that has returned that I just can’t seem to find a cure for.
The one side effect that has me down and out (literally) is the pure exhaustion that I’ve been experiencing. It brings me back to the days of the first trimester when all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and do nothing but sleep. Unfortunately with a toddler to run around and look after, being able to relax and sleep during the day is virtually impossible.
My daughter is an early riser and never leaves me any wiggle room to sleep in in the morning. Her mental alarm clock goes off at 6:30 every morning and she is up calling my name before I know it. She does take a long nap in the afternoon, but that’s the time that I can actually sit in peace and get some work or writing done.
There are times when the need for sleep wins the battle. Last weekend I found myself taking two hour naps during the time my daughter was taking hers. I honestly can’t remember the last time I took a nap before then. My husband even noticed the change and asked if I was feeling alright. Although the two hour naps were great for me, I still woke up exhausted with little relief.
Although I’ve been putting off the naps for the need of getting work done, I’ve realized that there is very little time left when I will actually get to take a nap, so I need to take full advantage of it. I would hate for my exhaustion to get in the way of me being there for my daughter when she needs me, so if I need to take a nap and put off some emails or writing, I’m going to do it.
Did your need for sleep return during the third trimester?