Sleeping Troubles

During your pregnancy, you might feel tired even after you’ve had a lot of sleep. Many women find they’re particularly exhausted in the first trimester. Don’t worry, this is normal! This is your body’s way of telling you that you need more rest.

In the second trimester, tiredness is usually replaced with a feeling of well being and energy. But in the third trimester, exhaustion often sets in again. As you get larger, sleeping may become more difficult. The baby’s movements, bathroom runs, and an increase in the body’s metabolism might interrupt or disturb your sleep. Leg cramping can also interfere with a good night’s sleep.

Try these tips to feel and sleep better:

  • When you’re tired, get some rest.
  • Try to get about eight hours of sleep every night, and a short nap during the day.
  • If you feel stressed, try to find ways to relax.
  • Sleep on your left side. This will relieve pressure on blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the fetus.
  • If you have high blood pressure during pregnancy, always lay on your left side when you’re lying down.
  • Avoid eating large meals three hours before going to bed.
  • Get some mild exercise like walking.
  • Avoid long naps during the day.