- November 20, 2020
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 Women and Sleep poll1, 78% of women report more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times. Many women also report feeling extremely fatigued during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. Considering the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy and the prevalence of sleep disorders among pregnant women, it’s no wonder that expectant mothers become so tired.
The hormonal free for all going on in your body is one of the reasons for fatigue and sleep problems during pregnancy. Rising progesterone levels may in part explain excessive daytime sleepiness, especially in the first trimester. Hormonal changes may also have an inhibitory effect on muscles, which may result in snoring and in heavier women increase the risk of developing sleep apnea. It also may be partly responsible for the frequent trips to the little girls room during the night (an all night potty party!). These interruptions as well as those caused by nausea and other pregnancy-related discomforts can result in significant loss of sleep. Emotions and anxiety about the delivery, motherhood and career also are to blame for insomnia.
To get as much shut eye as possible during pregnancy:
Consult your healthcare provider prior to taking any medication while pregnant or nursing.
Always follow the directions on the package
*No medication is considered 100% safe during pregnancy and nursing