When you are pregnant, you have family and friends who have children telling you to enjoy the sleep you get now because once your baby arrives, sleeping hour after hour may change. However, if you are experiencing sleep problems during your pregnancy, getting that much-needed rest may be easier said than done. As your pregnancy progresses, here are the most common sleep problems you may experience.
Multiple Trips to the Bathroom
During your first and third trimesters, expect to have your sleep disrupted on many nights due to your having to make multiple trips to the bathroom to urinate. As to why this happens, there are multiple reasons. First, your body will have a very high level of the pregnancy hormone HCG. Also, your kidneys will be filtering nearly 50 percent more blood than usual. Finally, your uterus will be pressing down more on your bladder during the third trimester. In other words, you’re now peeing for two.
When your body is filled with pregnancy hormones, heartburn can be a problem you’ll experience while trying to get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the hormones tend to relax the muscles in your body that are responsible for keeping acid in your stomach. Generally, heartburn gets worse the closer you get to delivery, since your baby bump begins to push up more and more into your abdomen.
As you get past the halfway point in your pregnancy, you can expect leg cramps to regularly interrupt what may have been a peaceful night’s sleep. Although doctors are not sure as to why leg cramps get more numerous later on in pregnancy, most think it has to do with your blood vessels compressing and the extra weight associated with being pregnant. While you’re likely to have leg cramps during the day, they are usually more problematic at night.
When you are pregnant, nothing can be more frustrating than feeling as if you are tired enough to sleep but unable to do so. When insomnia strikes, it’s usually due to the pregnancy hormones and the anxiety you are feeling about your pregnancy and what lies ahead after you give birth. Should your insomnia persist, it can also begin to impact your ability to concentrate and have a sharp memory.
Delta sleep waves play an important role in keeping your mind sharp since they occur when you are experiencing deep sleep. If insomnia seems to be your biggest sleep problem during pregnancy, you may want to check into various sleep enhancement systems that can provide you with much-needed relief.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
If you weren’t a snorer before you became pregnant but now have your partner complaining about the noise coming from your side of the bed each night, this could possibly indicate you may have developed sleep apnea during your pregnancy. While the snoring could be harmless and caused only by the weight gain you have experienced the past few months, it could also be a sign you have high blood pressure or even gestational diabetes, both of which have been linked to sleep apnea. To be safe, discuss any concerns you have with your doctor.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Along with those leg cramps you may be experiencing, don’t be surprised if you are also dealing with Restless Leg Syndrome, also known as RLS. A common occurrence among many women during the third trimester, RLS will have your legs experiencing tingling feelings as you try to sleep or may even have you feeling as if something is constantly crawling up and down your legs. As your legs feel more uncomfortable, you will have the urge to move them back and forth repeatedly, hence the name Restless Leg Syndrome. Affecting about 15 percent of pregnant women, the condition is often associated with anemia, meaning your body is low on iron. If this proves to be the case, your doctor can recommend iron supplements as a solution to your problem.
Should you find yourself experiencing any of these common sleep problems associated with being pregnant, talk them over with your doctor. By doing so, you may be able to make those few months of being pregnant much more comfortable and relaxing.