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:
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.
You are likely to experience the most sleep problems during this trimester as a result of the following:
Tips for Sound Sleep
If your sleep disturbances are severe, talk to your doctor. There are steps you can take that may improve your sleep quality. One or more of the following may help you get the sleep you need during pregnancy.
Reviewed by The Sleep Medicine Center at The Cleveland Clinic.
Edited by Michael J. Breus, PhD, WebMD, September 2004.
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Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2005
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