Why do I have trouble sleeping while pregnant?
Last Updated: 02/24/2020 at 4:39pm
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Because of the pregnancy the hormone levels are changing, which can result in sleeping problems. Also the stress and anxiety of being pregnant can influence the quality of your sleep.
You have trouble sleeping when your pregnant due to a number of factors, Main factor there is a living person inside you and when you go to sleep that's when they think I'm awake! Because when you move it lulls them to sleep as and soon as you stop moving they wake up. Then they toss and turn in your belly and keep you up. Another factor is that its very exciting and you may be full of anticipation especially as the due date arrives.
There are seven reasons why you cannot sleep while you are pregnant: 1. You have to pee a lot because the baby in your womb is using your bladder. 2. You take naps too late so you are exhausted at night. 3. You have heartburn from eating spicy food or eating too early before bedtime. 4. You cannot get comfy because of your big belly. 5. The extra weight is blocking your nasal canal so snoring is keeping you awake. 6. Your baby is keeping you awake because he or she cannot sleep at night. 7. Your thinking too much about the baby, delivery, responsibilities, etc is freaking you out.
Because the weight is heavy on you. Plus, it doesn't help if you are sick a lot, as you are pregnant.
Your body is a lot different now that you are pregnant. Hormone differences, having a big belly, swelling feet, and general discomfort can affect the quality of your sleep.
It must be because of the child or the tought of having a baby and knowing that there is one person inside you.
Pregnancy is the period in your life, perhaps the most you need to rest and sleep.In early pregnancy, you inevitably force that emerged under the influence of hormones, feeling tired, to rest. As your pregnancy progresses, this sense of fatigue has disappeared, even though they continue to give the necessary importance of rest and sleep that your body needs.
You my be experiencing anxiety about your pregnancy. It can be common to have sleep troubles durring pregnacy
Perhaps you're feeling uncomfortable in your sleeping positions, or perhaps worried about something.
There are so many changes going on with your body that it may take time to adjust. Once your baby grows, they put a lot of stress on your body and finding a comftorable position may be difficult. Also if you have worries about your baby or future details that may weigh in as well.
I genuinely have no idea. Could you look in to getting a book on pregnancy and sleep disturbances? Or speaking to a doctor?
There are many possibilities. For some it's a 24/7 occurrence while others barely have it. Don't fret, there is a watermelon where your belly use to be. Nausea, heart burn, and the constant need to pee are giant factors in this. Try and take small naps WHENEVER you can. You have a 10 minute break? Nap. Nothing important needs to be done within the next 20 minutes? Nap. It's proven to help.
You may have problems sleeping due to either the baby moving around or a lot on your mind. A lot is changing with your body.
It might be because of the baby's growth or it might be contractions. Check with your doctor if the pain increases or anything like that.
Remember that when you're pregnant, there are lots of things going on inside your body. Your body is working overtime to protect both you and the baby, so it may be overworked, which could explain why it's difficult for you to sleep. Remember to rest as much as you need, and try to have a couple of relaxed me-time before bed as this will slow your body down and hopefully make it easier for you to sleep.
It can often be that your baby is restless. Try walking around a little, or taking a ride in a car to try and calm them, then maybe try laying down in a different position
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