Pregnancy Hell Is Not Being Able to Sleep on Your Stomach

pregnantThey say all good things must come to an end, and the world's easiest pregnancy (mine) is about to come to an end. Or should I say, it has come to an end. I can no longer sleep on my stomach. And I kind of want to die.

For most pregnant women, or women who have been pregnant, this is probably laughable -- particularly since this is, hands down, the worst symptom I've had to deal with thus far in my four and a half months of being pregnant.

But what those women don't understand is: I can be a horrible human being without sleep.


It happened over Thanksgiving weekend -- at my in-laws' in Illinois, no less, a place I rarely get a good night's sleep. When I laid down on my stomach to go bed, something felt ... off. I chalked it up to the fact that, lately, not a moment goes by when I don't feel like I have to pee. So, I went to the bathroom, and when I returned to bed and assumed my position, same thing. The night before then was the last time I slept.

I look like hell. I feel like hell. I'm not sure if it's allergies, but I appear to have a slight cold coming on, as well. Damn weakened immune system. And now, when I lie in bed at night, the only thing I can think of is: How the hell am I going to make it another four and a half months without sleep? I need sleep. It is truly the one thing on this earth I cannot do without. Take my food, take my water, hell, take my freedom. Just don't take away my sleep.

Last night, I tried wedging a pillow behind my back, so I wouldn't roll over. The only thing that did was make it feel like I had a pillow digging into my back. Then I tried taking that same pillow and hugging it between my arms and legs. It was a little better, but not much.

Then there's my husband and my dog. Both lying peacefully on their backs, snoring their irritating little heads off, taunting me with their non-pregnant bodies. I currently dislike them.

So, bottom line here is: Help! I don't know what to do. I was so enjoying being the kind of pregnant woman I always wanted to be -- laid back and unencumbered by "symptoms." Will I ever have that back? Is there anybody in the entire world who loves sleeping on their stomach as much as me? Who's been pregnant? And managed to sleep during that time? I need your precious guidance right now, dear people, because, for the love of God, I cannot go another night -- let alone another month -- without sleep.

How did you sleep while you were pregnant?


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