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Sleep Disorders: Sleep During Pregnancy

The hormonal changes and physical discomforts associated with pregnancy can affect a pregnant womans quality of sleep . Each trimester of pregnancy brings its own unique sleep challenges. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following are the most common sleep changes that may occur in each trimester:

First Trimester

  • Frequent waking due to an increased need to go to the bathroom.
  • Disruptions in sleep as a result of physical and emotional stress associated with pregnancy.
  • Increased daytime sleepiness.

Second Trimester

Sleep during the second trimester improves for many women since nighttime urination becomes less of an issue as the growing fetus reduces pressure on the bladder by moving above it. Still the quality of sleep may remain poor as a result of the growing baby and emotional stress associated with pregnancy.

Third Trimester

You are likely to experience the most sleep problems during this trimester as a result of the following:

  • Discomfort due to your growing belly.
  • Heartburn, leg cramps, and sinus congestion
  • Frequent nighttime urination returns, as the baby's position changes to put pressure on the bladder once again.

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