What’s happening inside
Rapid eye movement, or REM, is a term all noob parents soon learn in the first few months of parenthood (see below), but did you know baby has already begun getting REM sleep in your tummy? Which also means you can now truly say “sweet dreams” to him each night.
As the third trimester begins, you may find yourself losing steam. This fatigue hardly comes as a surprise, all thanks to your heavy belly, baby-loaded mind, lack of sound sleep and aching body. It’s a good time to take stock of what’s really important and begin to streamline your life.
A Matter of Fact
Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep) is a normal stage of sleep characterized by the quick, random movement of the eyes, and occurs between the state of being fully awake and that of deep sleep. A newborn baby spends more than 80% of total sleep time in REM. The challenging part, as you will soon discover, is learning to identify when baby is in deep sleep and can be put down in the cot.
Tips for daddy
Whatever sleep your wife can get is precious rest indeed. (For that matter, it’s the same for you too.) To help her sleep better, do encourage her to sleep on her side, if she hasn’t started to yet. It’s better for her back and reduces welling from water retention.
A quote for mummy-to-be
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.