I’ve always known that pregnancy gives women super human smelling, but I think I have super human hearing as well. And it really sucks.
I’ve never had this looked into by a psychologist or anything, but I’ve always had an extreme disdain for certain noises. The noises that really get under my skin are the sounds people make when they eat, snoring (or any kind of unusual breathing), and animals licking themselves. Even the noises that I myself make while eating gross me out, and it’s not like I eat with my mouth open. Hearing these makes my skin crawl and, since becoming pregnant, I can’t even stand to be in the same room when I hear them. I can’t exactly leave the room while I’m eating, so that one I’m just forced to deal with.
This has been causing a lot of tension in my household because we have a cat and my husband always seems to have some sort of congestion at night.
Rage. Rage. Rage.
What makes this worse is that I’m an extremely light sleeper so I haven’t been sleeping much at all lately. I already have to get up to pee at least twice and then I find myself ripping open the covers around 2-4 a.m. when I hear a strange noise and then I guess I’m done sleeping. Some nights I’ll go back to sleep in the guest room just to get away from the noises in my bedroom, which does help me get more sleep, but it makes me sad. I just want to be able to sleep in the same bed as my husband without waking up at all hours of the night. I’m worried that not sleeping in the same bed will lead to marital issues so I’d like to avoid that at all costs.
My husband doesn’t understand this which only makes it feel worse. When I have to leave the room because my cat, Noodle, is licking herself, he’ll say “she’s just taking a bath; it’s ok”. I know that she’s just trying to clean herself, and it should be ok, but it isn’t. I’m not mad at her for bathing, but does she have to do it near me? I really don’t like this side of me; it makes me feel out of control.
I’m really hoping that this heightened sensitivity to sounds will go away after our little girl is born, but I don’t even remember what I was like before I got pregnant. Was I always this sensitive? Did I always fly into a rage when my congested husband would breath heavily? I really hope not.
The next anxious thought that always enters my mind is, babies make noises when they sleep; am I going to be mad at my baby? And then I just get really sad. I’m assuming that this heightened sensitivity to sounds will go away, but I wish this had been I knew beforehand and could prepare for.
Has anyone else experienced this or something similar? I would really love advice or tips from people who have been there. I may just need to get ear plugs for the rest of the pregnancy.