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    I've struggled with BAD insomnia for several years now. (And yes, I've tried all natural and OTC remedies, removing caffeine from my diet, etc.) the only thing that has worked for me is ambien, but when I found out I was pg I stopped taking it. I've taken benedryl since and it has helped a bit, but after so much consecutive usage, it's no longer working (hence the reason I've been up for the past 4 hours.) well, I started looking, and benedryl and ambien are BOTH listed as class B during pregnancy...so why does the dr prefer me to take benedryl over ambien if they're classified the same? I'm planning to call in the morning and ask if there's something else I can do bc I seriously can't function like this, yet I don't want to do anything to harm my baby...

    Any other April mommas dealing with the same thing??

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    I'm sorry. That's rough. I do not have insomnia - except for the typical trouble sleeping because of pregnancy- but I typically have trouble falling asleep so I would take a sleep aid every night but I also stopped that when I became pregnant. I hope your doctor can give you some advice on what to do, because lack of sleep and the stress that can bring about can be harmful to you both as well. I feel like it's sometimes like an equal risk no matter what we do. Good luck and I hope that you can get some good direction on this.
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    Dr says ABSOLUTELY no ambien in first trimester:/ I'm not sure why it's listed as a class b then, and why they told me when I called after I found out I was pg (but before my first appt) I could take it some. Either way, I haven't taken it since finding out and won't unless I get an ok.

    My nausea seems to go into overdrive when I'm really tired, so not only is the insomnia kicking my hiney right now, but the nausea is just awful, too. I kind of want to just sit down and get a good cry in...

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    See if you can get diclectin. It's the only drug here in Canada prescribed for nausea during pregnancy, is a class A drug, and has a side effect of making you sleepy (at least at first). It also helps against nausea. I'm still on it at 15 weeks. I heard it's no longer used in the US because of lawsuits against the manufacturer back in the day; however, it has been in use for a long time and has been proven to be safe (hence its class A category rating).

    If all else fails do what I was recommended (and what worked) during my first pregnancy): Stay up, out of bed, with light on, sitting at the table, till 4 AM or so, or at least till you're REALLY tired. You HAVE to stay out of bed though. GO to bed when you feel really tired. If you still don't fall asleep get back up within 15 minutes. If you fall asleep, great! Get up at your regular time, no sleeping in and absolutely no naps.
    Next night, do the same. Hopefully you will be able to fall asleep earlier. Continue for as many nights as needed.

    It will be rough. But it works. It breaks the mental cycle of insomnia and that is most often the biggest issue. I suggest trying it on a weekend so you don't have to function the next day. The key to success is to stay up, in light, out of bed, until you're pretty much ready to pass out. If you lay in bed with your eyes closed you will still rest and might not fully fall asleep at all, and it will not work (this happened to me).

    Good luck!!
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