Sleep is all I think about. For the past 2 years I can count on one
hand the number of times I’ve slept through the night. First, it’s
pregnancy-induced insomnia coupled with heartburn and getting up to
pee several times a night. Then it’s feeding an infant, teething or
nightmares. Now I’m pregnant again, and having an even harder time
getting a few good hours in.
This is not a post to complain, but rather to help. I’ve been reading
up on natural childbirth for this baby, because I wasn’t very happy
about my pitocin/epidural combo when I delivered Sofia and would like
to have more tools to cope with the pain and avoid the epidural. And
definitely the pitocin. God that stuff is awful.
So I bought a book on HypnoBirthing. It’s not actual hypnosis, but
rather trusting your body to function in the way it was intended to
and using deep relaxation and breathing techniques. I noticed last
night that these relaxation techniques are not only relaxing, but were
able to calm my Braxton Hicks contractions and help me drift off to
I’ve never been one to fall asleep quickly. I’m so envious of how fast
my husband falls asleep. His head hits the pillow and he’s out. It has
always taken me at least a half hour to get to sleep. Unless I’ve had
a bottle of wine beforehand, of course. Visualizing my body going
‘limp’ in 5 different zones like the book suggested got me to sleep in
minutes. I was up 2 hours later to pee, naturally, but was
successfully able to get myself back to sleep quickly every time. Huge
I woke up this morning more refreshed than I have in a very long time.
I highly suggest buying this book for the breathing and relaxation
tools alone. Tried to find a web link to the different tools from the
book but they (wisely) haven’t published them online. Here is the link
to the book on Amazon if you are interested:
Here’s to a good nights sleep!