While fatigue and increased sleep are typical of the first semester, as pregnant women progress along their pregnancy, getting a good night’s sleep becomes more difficult. Here are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep and an overview of some of the reasons why getting a decent sleep can be so difficult!
Why do pregnant women have trouble sleeping?
- Aches and pains: As your weight increases, pregnant women are more prone to pains in their legs and backs. This is also due to a chemical being produced called Relaxin, which is released in preparation for childbirth. Relaxin relaxes the ligaments, which can make pregnant women more accident prone.
- Shortness of breath: As your uterus increases in size, you may find it harder to breath as it presses up against your diaphragm.
- Increased heart rate: Your heart is working harder to pump more blood around the body and to the uterus.
- Heartburn: Heartburn occurs largely due to the fact that the digestive system slows down during pregnancy.
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Pregnancy tips for sleeping better during pregnancy
If you are suffering from insomnia there are some things you can do to ensure you get a better night’s sleep.
- Mediation and Yoga: Some meditation, light yoga or relaxation visualizations before sleep are sure to calm your mind.
- Avoid Caffeine: Don’t drink any caffeine later than the afternoon.
- Drink water: Make sure to get lots of water during the day, so as to not drink so much at night.
- Snacks and Bath: Having a nutritious snack before heading to bed or a warm bath can help you sleep much easier.
- Massage & Cuddling: Cuddle up with your partner or ask your significant other for a massage, which will surely relax you and send you off to sleep.