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Why do I have trouble sleeping while pregnant?

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Last Updated: 02/24/2020 at 4:39pm
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September 6th, 2015 3:13pm
Hormones, most likely, are messing with your sleep pattern. Either that, or having a baby in your stomach is something you aren't used to. Sorry for the trouble sleeping, but congrats on the baby :)
September 10th, 2015 6:15am
Because your body is changing and growing with your child
September 10th, 2015 10:48am
Many pregnant women say it's hard to sleep because they can't get comfortable, need to run to the bathroom constantly, have leg cramps, and are excited – and anxious – about their baby's arrival. With so many physical and emotional changes happening, it's no surprise that 8 out of 10 women have insomnia and other sleep problems during pregnancy. Misery may love company, but it won't provide much comfort when you're watching the numbers on your clock change in the middle of the night.
September 11th, 2015 6:55am
You may just be unable to get comfortable! Try putting a pillow between your bent knees: this works because it supports your lower back, and may make the side-sleeping resting position you have to assume more comfortable.
September 11th, 2015 9:14pm
Your body is going through so many changes physically that it can effect you mentally. Its hard being pregnant.
September 12th, 2015 8:05pm
it may be uncomfortable if your stomach is big. Because if you turn around you might wake up or the baby is keeping you awake
September 13th, 2015 7:21am
It depends on what position you are sleeping and also how far along you are in your pregnancy. the weight of the pregnancy is taking a tole on your back when you are laying down. Try different positions and also a full length pillow
September 13th, 2015 1:26pm
There are special pillows for pregnant woman cause alof of them have this problem i heard it helps .................
September 16th, 2015 2:41am
You have trouble sleeping while pregnant because you are going through lots of changes, if I will call it that, and it is very different. The body has to adapt.
September 17th, 2015 2:00am
Hormonal changes plays on the duration of sleep as well as time changes, as physical and psychological changes occur falling asleep can become a little more challenging. Take good care of yourself and learn new ways to adapt to those changes
September 17th, 2015 10:49pm
When you're pregnant, for the first 3 months your baby is growing up and that could difficult you to find a comfortable position to sleep. Also, when you're pregnant, your cardiac frequence is high and that gives you trouble to sleep too.
September 18th, 2015 10:44am
You have trouble sleeping because just remember there is a little person in you wanting your attention when it comes out.
September 18th, 2015 12:22pm
pregnancy isn't an easy thing to go through and if the baby is kicking or you have morning sickness you my have trouble sleeping. The baby could be active and sleep can b difficult.
September 19th, 2015 5:56am
Many pregnant women say it's hard to sleep because they can't get comfortable, need to run to the bathroom constantly, have leg cramps, and are excited – and anxious – about their baby's arrival.
September 23rd, 2015 3:20pm
I have been pregnant three times. There are several reasons you could not be sleeping. The baby could be in a bad position and they are kicking your rips, during late pregnancy it could be back issues, could be gas getting pushed places it didn't before, the million times you have to go pee, your hungry, too much energy, anxiety, depression, and many other factors, just to name a few. If these still do not seem right it could also be morning sickness, if not talk with your doctor.
September 23rd, 2015 11:30pm
There could be many reasons...It gets increasingly difficult to get comfortable as the baby grows...then on top of that, it could be heartburn, among a number of other things. When in doubt, see your doctor :)
September 24th, 2015 8:56pm
Probably not in a comfty position or the baby is keeping you up at night by kicking. Try drinking tea or lemon water and taking a nice warm shower
September 26th, 2015 10:18pm
Having never been pregnant myself, I cannot speak from experience. Yet, I can say that I think it might have something to do with the thoughts that constantly run through your mind. It's really hard to sleep when you're constantly flooded with different thoughts. These thoughts often are due to the hormones in your body and the baby.
September 30th, 2015 8:46pm
Mostly because if hormones but also your body won't be use to the added mass heat and physic compromise to the digestive and respiratory systems, you could have extra trouble if you've changed your diet or routine, try getting in to the swing of one and eat plenty of bananas; they give energy to the mitochondria for energy and they product melatonin for sleeping well.
October 21st, 2015 10:58pm
There may be some changes in your organism, so you account difficulties with sleep. In addition to that, you may worry about your child and delivery.
October 22nd, 2015 2:53am
As your baby grows, so do you. Trouble sleeping can be because you can't find a comfortable position for your baby belly, hormones, having to use the rest room all the time, heart burn, leg cramps or anxiety about birth.
October 22nd, 2015 2:59am
Pregnancy is a transformation of woman's body in many aspect. There is another body inside the womb that places demands on many things such as nutrients, more than normally required energy, stress and also mother's comfort level. When you have another weight pressing on your circulatory system, you will feel the need to breath more heavily to supply maximum oxygen as possible to meet that extra demand, thus the difficulty sleeping when pregnant. Moreover, an increased demand for the need to eat and drink can also lead mother to wake up more often to eat and drink accordingly.
October 22nd, 2015 6:27pm
This definitely sounds like a question for your local doctor as it could be a multitude of reasons! I would definitely contact and/or make an appointment. Maybe the baby is just excited to meet his/her mama!
October 22nd, 2015 11:49pm
Sleeping while pregnant can be a challenge. I would suggest getting a body pillow. Try different ways to lay as well. Practice your breathing and try to relax before trying to sleep.
October 23rd, 2015 6:02pm
There could be many many reasons for this, but many pregnant women report higher levels of anxiety/depression while pregnant. This probably has to do with the off-balance of hormones in your body, or there could be a physical problem going on, like just not being able to get comfortable or back pain. Either way, it's never out of the question to talk to your doctor about your concerns with your sleep, especially if you are pregnant. Sleep is so essential to the healthy functioning of our really takes a toll on our mentality if we go without it for a while, so it is very important to talk to your doctor if you are having distressing issues when it comes to your sleep!
October 24th, 2015 3:33am
Your bodying is going through a lot of changes while it's building a mini human. :) Those changes can effect the sleeping habits you were accustomed to. Try home remedies to help you get to sleep a little easier like drinking herbal tea or milk before bed if you can. Or even stay away from computer screens before you're ready to go to bed.
October 25th, 2015 3:06am
Probably from the things that come along with pregnancy, like the swelling, the baby bump, things like that. it's just an overall uncomfortable occurrence.
October 25th, 2015 10:57am
Becausrvof the physical condition, and the thought that a new, separate life is taking shape inside your body, next to your soul.
October 25th, 2015 7:01pm
In the last three months of pregnancy women may have difficulty sleeping. They might have problems falling asleep, getting comfortable or be troubled by unpleasant dreams and nightmares. Women who were able to sleep a lot in the early stages of pregnancy may find themselves sleeping very little during the final stage mainly because of the many physical changes taking place. Various physical and mental conditions can disturb sleep. Leg cramps. Awareness of their heartbeats and shortness of breath. Needing to pass urine more often. A very active baby who seems to be an expert at landing kicks in the mother's bladder or some other tender spot. Difficulties turning over in bed as the womb gets bigger. Backache, especially pains in the lower back. More dreams than usual. Nightmares that are easier to remember. This may due to medication. Feeling nervous about the forthcoming delivery. Worries about the baby. Worrying about whether it's normal to be worried. These are all common conditions during any pregnancy.
October 28th, 2015 1:17am
Growing babies can interfere with sleep in a number of ways. You can have back pain or discomfort, your feet might be burning up, the baby moving might wake you up, you might have a hard time getting comfortable. Later in pregnancy you might find it more difficult to breathe, and sleeping on your back is not advised. Pillows placed strategically can be helpful--experiment and try to find what works. You can try wedging a small pillow or purchase a special wedge pillow designed to support a growing tummy for side sleeping. Body pillows might also be helpful - hugging one with arms and legs helps to correctly position your body while relieving stress on other parts of the body. I hope this helps!