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14 Things It's Normal for Pregnant Women to Think at 3 a.m.

Could the sonogram miss twins? And more middle-of-the-night thoughts that are 100-percent normal


Sleep now while you can, people tell you, before the baby comes and you're up all night. But anyone who's been pregnant knows: The sleepless nights start before your bundle arrives. And while she's doing flip turns in there, you're flipping out thinking...

1. How is this amount of movement possible for one baby? Did the sonogram miss twins?

2. Well, at least there’s no chance that the toilet seat was left up, since I was the last one to use it—exactly 30 minutes ago.

3. Let’s see...40 weeks divided by four is 10 months. Ten! What's with the “nine” months of pregnancy?

4. If I ate something right now, would it be a second dinner or a pre-breakfast?

5. I’ve taken barre classes that required less core strength than rolling over to my other side just now.

6. I wonder if the right tattoo artist could turn this stretch mark situation into the ink of my dreams one day.

7. So I guess my mom must have been up at 3 in the morning when she was pregnant with me, too. Why do I have the feeling this is only the first of 1,000 such realizations? (Sorry, Mom! Thanks, Mom!)

8. Did I take my prenatal vitamin today? (Urp!) Yes, definitely took the prenatal.

9. If two out of the three people in this bed are in my body, shouldn’t I get two-thirds of the bed?

10. Must not shove blissfully slumbering husband with foot. Must. Not.

11. If I go into labor now, could I still finish up that work project before delivering?

12. What the heck is a round ligament, and just exactly how many other body parts am I going to become newly aware of before this whole adventure is through?

13. It’s not that I actually love my body pillow more than I love my husband, but…

14. THIS is the most rested I’m going to be for the next 18 years?!

Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester, which helps businesses improve workplace culture for new parents. She is also the author of  The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby