We all expect lack of sleep after the baby is born but not many of us realise just how hard it is to get a good night’s sleep while pregnant.
There are a number of common pregnancy complaints that make it difficult to get to sleep – heartburn, frequent urination, restless leg syndrome are just a few. But often it is just a case of not being able to get comfortable due to your growing belly or an active, kicking baby inside!
So what else contributes to a lack of sleep while pregnant and what are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep? Here are some reasons that you might not be able to sleep at night while you’re pregnant and some tips that could help you …
Pregnancy heartburn and indigestion
Pregnancy heartburn is terrible at any time of the day but seems to get worse when you lie down.
Always needing to pee
Your kidneys are working hard to filter that extra blood, which also means you’ll need to pee more during pregnancy. Add to that a large baby using your bladder as a trampoline and you’ll be off to the toilet hourly overnight!
There are few things more painful that a leg cramp. It is sure to wake you up!
Restless Leg Syndrome
We don’t know much about what causes Restless Leg Syndrome but we do know that it is an awful feeling – and quite hard to describe. It is sometimes described as a dull crawling or tingling sensation in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to keep them moving. It certainly doesn’t help when you’re trying to sleep.
Nasal congestion and snoring
During pregnancy you might feel like you constantly have a stuffed-up nose which can interfere with your breathing as you try to sleep. You’re also likely to snore, which is probably impacting on your partner’s sleep more than your own.
You just can’t get comfortable
Your growing belly makes it very difficult to find a good position to sleep in and you probably wake yourself every time you try to move. During pregnancy it is recommended that you sleep on your left side – it helps blood flow to the placenta.
You can’t stop thinking!
There’s a lot to think about while you are pregnant and there’s a lot to worry about too. Sometimes you just can’t switch off and every time you wake up in the night it takes forever to go back to sleep!
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