Managing Sleep During Pregnancy

As a soon-to-be mother, you know that your nights of uninterrupted sleep are limited. Knowing the weeks of midnight feedings that lie ahead can make it even more frustrating to deal with insomnia and sleep discomfort while you are pregnant. Unfortunately, sleeping struggles during pregnancy are very common. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that approximately 80 percent of women will notice changes to their sleep schedule during pregnancy.

 

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we want to help you understand the many physical and emotional changes you will encounter during pregnancy, including those that involve your nighttime sleep. You may have to adjust your daytime habits, but a rested pregnant mom is possible!

 

The First Trimester

 

Your sleep can be highly sensitive to hormonal changes. In fact, an inability to sleep at night and extreme fatigue during the day can be one of the first signs of pregnancy. During your first trimester, progesterone levels will surge and make you more sleepy than normal throughout the day. Don’t worry that your fatigue is causing harm to your baby. However, it is important to give yourself the grace to take an extra nap or go on a short walk before bed to get a better night’s sleep. Your body is undergoing drastic changes during the first few months so it is understandable why you may feel like you need more sleep even when your belly has not gotten oversized.

 

During your first trimester, your sleep may be affected by overwhelming emotions of your new pregnancy, tender breasts, or frequent urination. This is a good time to start sleeping on your side, which is an ideal position for your unborn baby to receive maximum blood and nutrients.

 

The Second Trimester

 

Your sleep during the second trimester is likely to improve as hormone shifts are much less intense. This is the stage of your pregnancy when you may experience a burst of energy. Therefore, try to do your best to take advantage of your peaceful body and get rest when you can but also stay active and exercise during the day.

 

The Third Trimester

 

The last stage of pregnancy presents some unavoidable physical challenges to your sleep needs. Your growing belly can make it very difficult to get comfortable, which is why some women resort to sleeping in a recliner during their last weeks of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the extra load around your waist is not the only symptom that can disrupt your sleep during this trimester. It is common to also suffer from restless leg syndrome, heartburn, and cramping. You are also likely to feel your baby moving more during the night as you get closer to delivery.

 

Let us Help

 

A lack of quality sleep can be hard on anybody, whether you are pregnant or not. However, your physicians at North Pointe OB/GYN are here to help you. We can give you tactics to improve your sleep and ensure your body is getting the rest it needs to support a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Call our Cumming office today to discuss your pregnancy sleep concerns.

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