It’s comes as no surprise that the physical discomfort and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s quality of sleep. And if you are experiencing disturbed sleep during pregnancy you’re not alone; 78 percent of women indicated problems sleeping during pregnancy in a National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll. Moreover, while your body is growing your bundle of joy, you’re likely to have sleep changes during all three trimesters of your pregnancy, according to the NSF.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, you’re likely to be awakened frequently at night because you need to go to the bathroom. You may also have problems sleeping because of the emotional changes that you may be experiencing by being pregnant, including being excited or worrying about the health of your baby.
For many women, the second trimester offers the least sleep problems of all three trimesters of pregnancy. For one thing, nighttime urination is less of a problem for obtaining a good night’s sleep in the second trimester, thanks to the baby’s location causing less pressure on your bladder. Still, emotional issues and stress can impact your ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.
You’ll likely experience your most challenging sleep issues during your third trimester. Not only will your growing belly make it more difficult for you to find a comfortable sleeping position, but the frequent nighttime urination you experienced in your first trimester — well, it’s back during your third trimester. Add that to leg cramps, sinus congestion, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), back pain, and a bad case of nighttime heartburn (nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux – or GERD) and you have a perfect recipe for a bad night’s sleep.
Despite the physical changes of your body during pregnancy and the emotions running through you, it is possible to improve your quality of sleep as a mother-to-be. Here are a few tips on how to sleep during pregnancy.
Hopefully, one or more of these how to sleep during pregnancy techniques will help you get a better night’s sleep while growing your bundle of joy. But the most important thing to remember, is that any lost sleep will be so worth it once you first lay eyes on your new baby!
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