Over the last few weeks of pregnancy SO many people said to me “get LOTS of sleep, you’re going to need it!” Or “catch up on your rest!”
Having been a mother for 5 days now, I get why they tell you that. Between feeding, changing, holding, rocking, comforting, feeding, bathing, expressing milk, eating your own food, and washing yourself, well, there’s not room for sleep.
In fact this week most times I’ve chosen to sleep (or try to!) over having a shower. Thank god I am not a sweaty person! Going forward, sleep wins every time!
One thing I will NOT say to another pregnant woman is that whole “make sure you get lots of sleep” bollocks. Lets face it, it’s complete bollocks.
You spend the last 4 weeks napping, catching up on this sleep business and then wham! the baby arrives and sleep goes out the window.
Essentially you’ve got your body used to plenty of sleep and then you tell your body “sorry, no can do now, you’ve got to stay awake and rock this screaming newborn and try not to notice that projectile poop has flown across the room thus ruining your chances of getting your rental deposit back” and your body? Well let’s just say it gets pissed off.
It’s like giving a fat kid as much cake as he can eat and then taking it away, putting it just out of his reach and saying “you can’t have that”. All the while he can see it and smell it, just not actually get any of it.
So, pregnant ladies, don’t bother “catching up your sleep”. We don’t have a sleep bank where we store sleep and draw from reserves. We are not in a sci-fi novel. Instead, set your alarm to wake you every 3 hours through the night (best if your phone has a screaming baby sounds in the alerts sections) and during the day carry on as normal, leaving out any naps.
That’s probably some of the best advice I can offer to help prepare you for the arrival of your newborn.
However if you’re one of the “lucky” ones who has a baby that sleeps a lot in the night, then well, sorry I made you wake up every 3 hours during the last 4 weeks and have in fact screwed over your internal clock. My bad.