I experienced the same kind of 3rd trimester restlessness when I was preggo with Norah, so this is not unexpected, and I think it's typical for many pregnant women in the 3rd trimester to toss and turn. For me, an example's night's sleep often adheres to the following routine:
- Feel tired and like I'm ready to sleep, but after shutting off my light and my Nook, I can't seem to find a comfortable position, which I only get the choice of two -- right or left side. (Which, supposedly, you're only supposed to sleep on your left side, but if I sleep on my left, I face Jerry. And, I don't like facing Jerry if he's facing me. Call me a terrible spouse, I don't care. But I don't like to sleep facing him when he is facing me. So, the only way I feel comfortable sleeping on my left is when he too is sleeping in on his left. Why? Because I feel as though I'm inhaling his exhalation, and that, frankly, feels like warm, stale air. Which, in turn, makes me feel like I'm suffocating.)
- Usually, during this uncomfortable shifting back and forth -- accompanied by the necessary re-adjustment of supporting pillows and kicking Scooter out of my way -- I also end up complaining to Jerry to shut his reading light off (he tends to stay up later than I, and even though he reads with a tiny book light, it still bothers me -- as you can deduce, at this point in pregnancy, I am nothing but a joy).
- Finally, I fall asleep. Although, sometimes, I make the choice to move out to the office to sleep on the couch in there -- being able to lean against a firm back is nice, and our office couch is comfy, but ultimately, I like being in my bed, so this choice has to be preceded by a great deal of discomfort first.
- From there on out, I will typically wake up every 2 hours because I have to pee, and when I wake up, I also feel thirsty, so I drink water (thus perpetuating the pee cycle -- it's a Catch 22).
- Or, as was the case of last night, I am awoken at 2 am by Scooter standing on the edge of the bed retching. That dog can never puke at a convenient time or in a convenient place.
- Morning arrives sometime between 6:15 and 6:45 when we hear Norah in her bedroom going, "Hi! Hi!" And as it is with any alarm, whether it be child or bedside clock, I am always at that point where I am seemingly the most comfortable and most deeply asleep, so the chirp of "Hi!" feels like a disturbance from what is finally satisfactory sleep.
Still, I think Nature could cut the preggo a break in anticipation of the poor sleep the mother of a newborn is about to get. How about some good Zzzzzs now before the real sleep deprivation begins?