Good Sleep is one of the Best Ways to Assure a Healthy Baby
Staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. in the morning is not the most heartening activity at the slightest. You’re probably thinking if you ever where an insomniac before your pregnancy. Insomniac or not, sleep deprivation naturally occurs during a woman’s pregnancy especially during the first and third trimesters.
Why is it hard for me to fall asleep or maintain an uninterrupted sleep?
Below is a list of common sleep disturbances that a pregnant woman encounters during her pregnancy:
Nausea – More popularly known as morning sickness, more than 50 percent of pregnant women experience attacks of nausea followed by a series of vomiting in the morning, noon, afternoon, and night time (basically anytime during the day). Nausea attacks at nights usually disable pregnant women from having uninterrupted sleep. There is no conclusive evidence regarding a single and definite cause of nausea among pregnant women but several observations, made by authorities in the field, indicate a combination of causes including heightened and more sensitive senses, the physiological changes in one’s body, a surge of hormones, and a more vulnerable gastrointestinal tract.
Cramps and backaches – Pregnant women are prone to leg cramps and backaches because of the extra weight that they carry. Backaches during sleep may be linked with undesirable sleep positions during pregnancy such as lying face up in which case most of one’s weight and the baby’s is concentrated to the small of the back.
The frequent urge to pee – During pregnancy, women almost always feel the need to pee. As the baby inside the womb grows, more pressure is exerted on the bladder; hence, the bladder must necessarily dispel its stores of liquid.
The importance of sleep during pregnancy
Inside you is a growing fetus which you must nurture with the proper amount of nutrients and minerals from a healthy diet and from sleep. Sleep is very important during pregnancy as it will help your body cope with the changes taking place. The first trimester of your pregnancy will usually be coupled with increased fatigue levels and increased drowsiness. This is your body signaling that it needs to rest.
Also, as long as the baby is inside your womb, you are intimately bound together in more ways than one. As such, whatever happens to you will have an effect on the child you carry. Getting adequate hours of nap and sleep will make you and your baby healthy.
In addition, the amount of sleep that you get during late pregnancy (the third trimester) can influence the duration of your labor and the manner in which you will deliver your baby into the world. A study conducted by the USFD School of Nursing showed that women who slept an average of less than 6 hours daily are more likely to have longer and caesarean labors.
The best sleep position
You can modify your sleep position to help alleviate the pressure from your back and consequently, to help you sleep more comfortably. Doctors recommend sleeping on your left side to improve blood flow (that will transport nutrients to your baby) and maintain normal kidney functions (to eliminate toxins from your body).