Being pregnant could be exhausted as you have to experience all kind of changes in your body, including both physical discomforts and the emotional stress. However, in the long run, this will affect your sleep routine and cause sleep problems.
Sleep in your first trimester
During this time, you will face many problems such as nausea, heartburn, and frequent urination. The high level of progesterone – a hormone which helps regulate a woman’s reproductive cycle, makes you drowsy and you will feel the craving for naps. Also, this hormone could make your normal day as a marathon day when you feel extremely fatigue and do not want to do anything.
Besides, you may find it difficult to sleep comfortably because of your newly tender breasts. So, try to train yourself to sleep on the left side to enhance the flow of blood and nutrients to your uterus and fetus. Another reason is that you tend to pee more often than normal. This is because the growing uterus will put a pressure on your bladder. To deal with this, you should not drink plenty of fluids in the late evening. What you need to do in the first trimester is to rest as much as you can.
Sleep in your second trimester
In the second trimester, you may feel better than during the first one. Your sleep can be improved because the hormone levels are slightly rising now. So, you can start to establish your new sleeping habit, including a massage routine before going to bed, a regular sleep schedule or taking some high-tech things (television, laptop, etc.) out of your room.
Also, you could ask your doctor to recommend some exercises for pregnant women to help you sleep better. However, there are some problems that you can face in this period. They are vivid dreams, leg cramps, snoring, heartburn, and sleep apnea. Consult your doctor if you feel these symptoms affecting your sleep. Your doctor may suggest some treatments which are safe during pregnancy.
Sleep in your third trimester
In the last trimester, pregnant women have more trouble falling asleep than in the first and the second trimesters. They will have fewer deep sleep nights and usually wake up early in the morning. Also, your belly’s size will increase and the fetus is getting bigger and more active. Instead of lying on the back when sleeping, which may affect your nerves in the spine and major veins, doctors recommend that pregnant women should sleep on their left side with the pillows wedged between the legs, under the belly, and behind the back. Some women may get heartburn, increased urination, snoring, leg cramps, or restless leg syndrome too.
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Review Date: June 8, 2017 | Last Modified: June 6, 2017
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