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Getting a good night’s sleep during your pregnancy may be hard to come by as your body works towards supporting your baby and you are preparing for the physical event of childbirth . Being able to get sufficient rest is an essential part of your pregnancy but it could seem strange that when your body needs it the most, sleep eludes you. Trying to find an ideal sleeping position and adjusting to the changes of each trimester can often be a challenge.
During the first trimester of your pregnancy you may discover that you are sleeping more than usual as your body works to nurture your developing baby. This could mean not having a good night’s sleep every night. Pressure from your growing uterus may cause you to make countless trips to the bathroom during the night.
As nausea and fatigue subsides, the second trimester can be a good time to set a routine by going to bed and waking up around the same time each day to help establish a pattern in preparation for the third trimester.
Most pregnant women find that they have the most trouble getting uninterrupted sleep during the latter stages of the pregnancy. As the growing baby increases in size, it is often harder to find a comfortable sleeping position.
Many pregnant women report having vivid dreams, especially in the last trimester. These dreams can mainly be attributed to changing hormonal levels. They are completely normal and may reflect concerns about how many adjustments will need to be made.
Although it is common for pregnant women to experience interrupted sleep during the night there are various ways where you can minimise its impact on your usual sleeping pattern.
Try and get into the habit of sleeping on your left-hand side with your legs comfortably bent. Most pregnant women are advised to avoid sleeping on their right side. There is a major vein in your body called the vena cava, on this side that is responsible for taking blood back to the heart, and pressure on this may reduce your blood supply and cause dizziness.
It may help to know what is affecting your sleep the most and work towards changing what you can. Introducing small changes will help your body to adapt to a different sleeping pattern as it changes through each trimester.
There are bound to be nights where you just can’t fall asleep. Instead of worrying about not getting enough rest, try occupying the time with something you enjoy, like reading a book or listening to music.