Q. I am 33 weeks pregnant. I am having trouble sleeping, but this is not due to the usual symptoms of discomfort or pain. My baby is amazingly active at 10pm and throughout the night. As soon as I lie down, the baby thinks it’s time to party. Also, my baby seems to get the hiccups often, and now that he/she is bigger, the hiccups are quite powerful and annoying. I can't sleep through them. Is there anything I can do? I understand I should be happy as a moving baby is a healthy baby, but I need to sleep.
A. In-utero babies are usually the most active a few hours after the mother has eaten. That's when the baby gets his or her infusion of nutrients and sugars via the umbilical cord. Perhaps you should have your dinner earlier so that the baby may do so as well. Having your largest meal of the day at mid-day may also be helpful.
Also, during the day the mother's movements and voice can be quite soothing to the baby, allowing him or her to sleep more. Short of sleeping in a moving vehicle, you could try a vibrating mattress or mattress pad.
Regarding the hiccups, until the baby's esophagus is fully developed (about three months after birth), the hiccups probably will become more intense and frequent.
I hate to tell you this, but if you're having trouble sleeping now, you're really going to be sleepless in a few months when backache, heartburn, constant peeing, leg cramps and nightmares set in.