Early Pregnancy Sleep – How to Relieve Sleep Problems During Early Pregnancy
Ah, remember those days when you would just close your eyes and drift off into a nice comfy sleep? Now you are pregnant, staring at the ceiling wondering why the heck you cannot fall asleep. Early pregnancy sleep can be so elusive for some newly pregnant women. Here are the common sleep disturbances you can expect in early pregnancy along with a few solutions.
It’s Hormonal-During early pregnancy your body is producing a hormone called progesterone. This little bugger of a hormone makes you drowsy during the day but also can disrupt your sleep cycle at night. Unfortunately there is not much you can do to combat this. If at all possible grab a nap during the day when the urge strikes you.
I Gotta Pee-Blame your growing uterus for this problem. As the uterus grows it starts putting pressure on your bladder causing you to scoot off to the bathroom more often during the night. You need your fluids but try to drink your fluids during the first half of the day and cut back during the afternoon and evening.
Cannot Get Comfy-In early pregnancy your breasts can become tender making it hard to get comfortable if you are a stomach sleeper. Try to get comfortable sleeping on your left side. This will help early on but will also be very helpful later on in pregnancy when this is the doctor recommended position to sleep in.
These are only a few of the reasons you may have difficulty sleeping when newly pregnant. Most of these issues you can only do your best to manage but sleeping in the right position is something you have more control over.
It will become more important as your pregnancy goes on to sleep on your left side. This will not only lead to a more comfortable and better night’s sleep it is the best position for your health. Sleeping on your left side keeps the weight of your growing baby off of your liver (which is on the right side of your body) and helps blood circulation to your placenta and uterus.
If you have difficulty maintaining the side sleeping position a great suggestion is to get a maternity pillow. These pillows are specially designed to help pregnant women maintain the side sleeping position, and they help to alleviate early pregnancy sleep problems by providing support for your growing tummy.