Lack Of Sleep During Pregnancy: Tips To Stay Awake During The Day

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First trimester you have udder exhaustion, second trimester you can have pregnancy insomnia, and the third trimester you are uncomfortable, wore out, and riddled with other issues.

How do you survive? How do you function with such little sleep? Is nature just preparing you for having a newborn, and then toddler?

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Lack Of Sleep During Pregnancy: Tips To Stay Awake During The Day

Pregnancy is such a joyful time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with issues. Like LOTS of issues! But in the end you forget about it and most do it again, and again!

First Trimester Lack Of Sleep

The first trimester is often one of the hardest between morning sickness, exhaustion, and frequent urination. You can struggle to sleep because you are having to get up every 20 minutes to pee or you are nauseous.

And then come morning you are wore out from a lack of sleep and from the exhaustion that comes from growing a little baby. Your body is the sole provider for your baby until about 14 weeks when the placenta takes over.

This means you are getting depleted of your vitamins and minerals and your body is running on less. So don’t forget to start those prenatal vitamins! Which might be hard given the nausea but you really should try. These ones are my favorite and you can get them on Amazon, plus they have ginger to help with morning sickness!

How to survive the lack of sleep in the first trimester of pregnancy while a SAHM

I have now made it through first trimester number 3 and we are due with out third in June. I have not had to work, well except here on my blog, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard. Handling a toddler through nausea and pure exhaustion gets harder every time.

I am also a tandem nursing mama so I have been breastfeeding through my second and now third pregnancy and wow does that take a lot out of you!

First, if your kid/s still nap take that time and nap too. Even if you can’t fall asleep just rest and relax. I am not one that promotes this to new parents as babies naps are all wonky but when you are pregnant you need the rest you can get.

Picture: person laying in bed. Text: Pregnancy have you stuck in bed? Tips for coping with exhaustion


When they are awake keep them busy! Whether they like to craft, do sensory bins, or get outside. Just keep them moving giving you a bit of a break.

This is also a great time to teach your child some household tasks (list of chores your toddler can do). It may be tough at first but it will pay off in the end. My 3 year old loves to help do the dishes and take clothes out of the dryer. My 1.5 year old loves to push the laundry basket so she will push clean clothes to the bedroom and dirty clothes to the washer.

Meaning I don’t have to carry it and she is having fun!

Make sure you are taking care of yourself. This means not only getting the rest you can but also eating. I know it can be tough through the morning sickness but you have to eat something.

Even if it is just some fruit, enjoy what sounds good to you.

Second trimester still have you sluggish?

I am over halfway through the second trimester and I am still struggling some days. I mean can’t keep my eyes open, having to enjoy a second cup of coffee around 3 just keep going.

Some days I know this is because of my gestational diabetes and my sugars going up and down. Even though my numbers have been good I still have fast drops and they make me so tired!

Not to mention it is winter with a 3 and 1 year old, and we have had such a hard winter.

Just this last 2 weeks we have gotten 30 inches of snow (annual average is 32 inches), an inch of ice, and 50 mph winds. We had 2 days where we lost power one day for 8 hours and one day for 23 hours. It was so windy and drifting that we couldn’t risk making our way into town so it was a chilly 48 in the house by morning.

Yeah what a story right?

Needless to say we haven’t been able to get much outside time and the kids are feeling a bit coped up. I try my hardest to give them physical activities to burn off energy but the truth is we all just want to be outside.

Again, you need to get the sleep that you can and you need to make sure you are eating enough. Hopefully by this time your appetite has returned and it isn’t too hard to get in food, but for some I know it is still a struggle.


Of course you don’t want to hop in and run 3 miles. But some light exercise can really help boost your energy and leave you feeling great.

I try my hardest to get in 20 minutes of yoga, but between sick kids, falling on the ice and just being run down it has been a struggle to get it. On days I do get in my yoga I feel so much better. Not only do I have more energy but I feel better about myself.

If the weather was nicer we would be outside getting a walk in everyday, but we just can’t right now. The fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your mood and spirit!

Healthy food during pregnancy

The best part about the second trimester is your baby isn’t too big, the nausea is gone (usually), and the hunger has returned.

You can finally eat!!!

So do it! Seriously enjoy being able to eat a good meal while you can, because come the third trimester baby will be taking up so much space you will feel so hungry but in just a few bites you will feel full.

Make sure you eat healthy and don’t indulge too much in to sweets. Your bodies hormones can mess with your blood sugar. As a mom who has had gestational diabetes twice now MODERATION is key!

Third trimester physical exhaustion

The third trimester is such a fun time. You are getting so close to the end and the excitement of it all can help you feel amazing. But with the third trimester comes insomnia, nesting, and pressure and pain in places you didn’t know existed.

it’s not nesting unless it’s 3am and you can’t sleep through the urge

Third trimester insomnia

The pregnancy induced insomnia can be hard to overcome. Whether you can’t get comfortable or are having crazy pregnancy dreams some nights you just can’t sleep.

If comfort is your issue you can try to use a pregnancy pillow, but I’ll be honest I much prefer a body pillow. Not only are they not $50, but they are also easier to move in the manor I need them to.

Pregnancy dreams are hard to avoid but try not to let them get to you, because they can get intense! If your lack of sleep really becomes an issue talk to your doctor there are a few pregnancy safe choices to help you get more sleep.

Nesting during pregnancy

Oh nesting! Your house will thank you, but your body will not. Some women start nesting as early as 28 weeks and some women don’t nest at all. I can remember when I was pregnant with my first and my sister said “it’s not nesting unless it’s 3am and you can’t sleep through the urge” I really hoped it wouldn’t come to that but it did.

I would be up more nights just cleaning and organizing and let me tell you this is soooo not me! I am more of a mess and less stress kinda person.

But I did feel way more prepared in the morning when the house was clean and clothes were organized. And I’ll be honest I am really hoping I will nest this time around because my house could use a good deep clean.

Feel like you need a good declutter? Check out my 30 day email series to help motivate you to clean out what you don’t need.

How to stay awake and active in the third trimester

My biggest advice for the third trimester and to try not to do too much at one time. This will only wear you out and leave you not wanting to do anything else for the day.

Do a sink full of dishes at a time and sit down when you are folding laundry. And if you are physically struggling a belly band will be your best friend! I didn’t use one with my first but tried it out with my second and oh heavens why didn’t I get one sooner?!

Make sure you are eating, which at this point is smaller more often meals since baby has taken over your stomach space. Always have a snack with you! And no I’m not talking about a candy bar!

Healthy Energy Boosting Snacks

  • kiwi
  • apple with peanut butter
  • banana
  • popcorn
  • almonds
  • hard boiled egg
  • raw veggies

As a mama with gestational diabetes I have to watch my carbs/sugar so a banana would be my whole lunch. But I love to take almonds and popcorn on the go for a little pick me up. Especially if I am headed to the park with the toddlers.

These snacks are also great to help hold you over when you are breastfeeding and hunger is kicking your butt.

Your body is preparing you for your newborn

I like to think this is true and that the exhaustion, struggling to sleep, and nesting is just natures way of preparing you for when the baby arrives. Think of it like practice for sleepless nights and not having the time to do the extra cleaning.

Because newborns can be hard to set down, hard to get solid sleep, but you will love it and you will miss it! I will never say having a newborn is so hard like people say because toddlers are so much worse.

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  1. My pregnancy was so long ago I don’t remember much about it!

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