To Sleep … Perchance to Roll Over On My Back and Kill My Unborn Child
I have not been sleeping well. Somewhere, in one of my several pregnancy books, it said that if you lay on your back after week 16 (although I swear another one said 20 weeks?), your heavy uterus can cut off the blood supply in your vena cava and thus starve you and the fetus of oxygen. The simple solution? Do not lie on your back after 16 weeks.
Except that I really like to sleep on my back.
I especially want to sleep on my back now that someone has told me that I can’t sleep on my back, because now it is all I think about when falling asleep.
The other problem is that I now have round ligament pain (RLP) and the same stupid books suggest that if you have this when laying on your side, you should “switch positions.” Well, duh. Let’s see: I can’t sleep on my stomach, flippping to the other side will just make that side hurt, and I can’t sleep on my back because I could kill my unborn child. Any more brilliant suggestions?
My conscious mind fights the urge to lie on my back, but as soon as I drift off to sleep, I must flop right over, because for the past several nights I have been jolted out of a deep sleep when I realized I WAS ON MY BACK AND THEREFORE ENDANGERING WEE-BEASTIE’S VERY EXISTENCE. I would roll to the other side, fall asleep again, only to have the whole cycle repeat itself a few hours later.
I also thought that round ligament pain would be more of an ache. WRONG. It is quite distinctly pain, and feels like my uterus is trying to rip out of my abdomen and move to a new zip code.
I sound like a bitchy pregnant woman.
Wait, I AM A BITCHY PREGNANT WOMAN.