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Pregnancy concerns: Trouble sleeping

Many women will express how they have not had a good night’s sleep since their baby was born. Truth be told, having trouble sleeping probably started during pregnancy. Your body will experience cramps, pains, backaches and just plain out irritability. Give yourself a break, you are carrying another person inside of you. This will make everything change from the day you find out you are pregnant.

Why am I having trouble sleeping?

Your body and hormones are going frantic with anticipation of this growing child inside you. You may experience odd dreams that will keep you awake at night. Not to mention all the aches and pains you will feel from your body growing to accommodate the baby. Especially if this is your first pregnancy, nothing will feel normal during your pregnancy.

Do all women deal with trouble sleeping?

The ratio on how many women have trouble sleeping is a little vague, but many studies indicate that it’s close to 75% of all expectant mums.  Some women will experience this problem more than others, while some pregnant women will only experience it at certain times during their pregnancy.

Your body is growing a new person in it, you will have all kinds of hormone spikes, concerns about your pregnancy and adrenaline peaks and lows. These things are all normal and will come and go, as you get further along in your pregnancy. You will find many women who have no trouble sleeping at all. Everyone is different and will react different to their pregnancy.

What can I do to deal with my trouble sleeping?

There are many things you can try that will help you sleep during your pregnancy. Depending on the reason you can not sleep, you may want to try more than one.

  1. Legs cramps: If leg cramps are keeping you awake. Try stretching before you go to bed. Also increasing your calcium and potassium may also help with this.
  2. Backaches: Many women will be plagued with back aches. Try sleeping with some pillows under you belly and between you legs. This will help relieve some weight off your back while you are sleeping.
  3. Odd dreams When odd dreams are the problem, try relaxing before bed. Take a bubble bath or read a good book. This will help take your mind off things for a little while.
  4. Worry. It’s natural to worry, but know that worrying can’t solve any problems. You’ll have a much healthier pregnancy if you can relax and allow your emotions a healthy outlet. If you’re under external stress, talk to a friend, a mentor or see a counselor who can help you sort out your feelings.
  5. Positions:During the first trimester, you can sleep in any position you want as your uterus is still tucked safely behind your pelvic bone. If you’re a tummy-sleeper, enjoy this position for as long as you can because you’ll have to adjust soon!
  6. Take naps during the day. Many women encounter extreme exhaustion during the first trimester. Don’t be surprised if you need twice the amount of sleep you used to. If you work, see if you can set aside short breaks to take a 15-minute nap.
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