Confession: I enlisted Nick to take this month’s self-portrait of me. And when I told him I wanted to use this post to elaborate on the sleeping patterns of pregnant women—and the pillows that must accompany them—he laughed. “Well, if you’re going to do this, you need like, A LOT OF PILLOWS.”
So, friends, my husband took it upon himself to art direct this shot of me. By “art direct”, I mean drag every pillow in our house into our bedroom and plop it onto me as I tried to maintain a look of feigned “peaceful” sleep before bursting into laughter. “Gail, we’re trying to be satirical here…can you focus, please?” [snap, snap] “Yes!” (giggle) “I’m trying!” (giggle) [snap, snap]
Now that I’m on the topic, let me just say something about being a pregnant woman and trying to sleep and that is this: No one tells you BEFORE you’re pregnant that the sleep deprivation that plagues you with a newborn actually starts WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT.
Now that I’m in the home stretch of this pregnancy, I’ve had fellow moms come out in droves to commiserate about how trying to get comfortable and sleep while you’re with child is a mission impossible.
Case in point: Since month three, I’ve had problems with hip pain while sleeping at night. If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked, “Have you tried sleeping with a pillow between your legs?”, I’d have this kid’s first year of college paid for by now. The answer? Yes, of course I have. Every night there is a pillow between my legs. Two behind my head. One behind my back. And one to hug and prop my belly up from the front. In short, THERE ARE PILLOWS EVERYWHERE. It’s a goldarn PILLOW FORTRESS I’ve built up around me!
And it is the disrupting and rearrangement of said pillow fortress that is what really wakes me up every night, even more so than the multiple trips to the bathroom. And the heartburn. And the insomnia that hits at 4 a.m.
Pretty soon, I’ll be nostalgic for what little sleep I’m getting even now. I understand this. But I have to say, it’ll be a glorious day when I can go back to just one pillow for those cat naps I’ll be grabbing in the newborn days. Cat naps I intend to catch gloriously stretched out on my stomach. Because my left side and I? Well, we could REALLY use a break from one another right about now!