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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

Pregnancy & sleep cycle

Pregnancy & sleep cycle

Hormonal changes in pregnancy affect various aspects of your body including your mood, metabolism and sleep cycle. The increase in progesterone levels leads to increased urination, heartburn and nasal congestion leading to disruptive sleep. Simultaneously, estrogen hormone can cause swelling in the feet or legs, nasal congestion and cause breathing difficulties during sleep. 

 

However, the overall pattern of the sleep cycle changes dramatically throughout the pregnancy.

Sleep during pregnancy: trimester-wise changes

Sleep during pregnancy: trimester-wise changes

Here is how your sleep cycle during pregnancy changes as your pregnancy progress.

 

1st trimester – Longer periods of sleeping, frequent daytime napping, poor quality sleep 

 

2nd trimester – better sleep efficiency, better quality sleep 

 

3rd trimester – increased nighttime awakenings, more frequent naps during the day

Common sleep problems during pregnancy

Common sleep problems during pregnancy

Here are the most common sleep problems and disorders that occur during pregnancy:

 

Best sleeping position during pregnancy

Best sleeping position during pregnancy

The best sleeping position during pregnancy is sleeping on your side with legs slightly curved. This position is considered the best because it improves the flow of blood to the heart, kidneys and uterus. It also improves the delivery of oxygen and other necessary nutrients to the baby. 

 

You can support your body in this position by using several pillows. As your pregnancy progresses, you should avoid sleeping on your back as it can put a large amount of pressure on your back.

Sleep hygiene for pregnant women

Sleep hygiene for pregnant women

You can maintain healthy and peaceful sleep during pregnancy by practising safe hygiene habits. These include:

 

FAQs
FAQs

During pregnancy, you should get plenty of rest and sleep for nearly 7-9 hours every day. 

Common sleep problems during pregnancy include insomnia, frequent awakening in the night and daytime sleepiness. 

Pregnant women should sleep in a comfortable position. It is advised that women in later stages of pregnancy should sleep at their side and avoid laying on their back to prevent increased pressure.