It’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy.
Most people know that sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and it becomes even more essential when you’re pregnant! If you’ve experienced difficulties sleeping during your pregnancy, you’re not alone. It’s an incredibly common problem, but it’s essential to find the right solution for you, as sleep deprivation can actually put you at a higher risk for birth complications. In our last blog, our nurse midwife in Bradenton went over a few common things could be keeping you up at night and how to overcome them. Keep reading to learn more.
To say that the term, “morning sickness,” is misleading is a huge understatement. Many women go into their first trimester thinking that they’ll only experience nausea in the mornings, only to end up experiencing it throughout the day and night. Morning sickness can happen at any time, even when you’re trying to get to sleep at night. When it comes to nausea, an empty stomach is not your friend, so make it a point to keep some crackers or another small snack next to your bed. This can help to prevent and ease nausea.
#5. Leg Cramps
It’s estimated that a third of all pregnant women experience leg cramps that are severe enough to disturb their sleep. Leg cramps are commonly caused by low levels of magnesium and calcium during pregnancy. If you’ve been coping with leg cramps, talk to your doctor about your calcium and magnesium levels. They may suggest taking supplements or making dietary changes to ensure that you’re getting the adequate amount.
#6. Nasal Congestion
Unless you’re already a mouth breather, nasal congestion can make it almost impossible to get to sleep, but it’s another one of the little-known side effects of pregnancy that many women deal with. What causes it? Believe it or not, increased levels of estrogen are actually the culprit, but consuming too much caffeine and spicy food can exacerbate the problem. Try sleeping with your head elevated a bit higher than you typically would. A super steamy shower and saline nasal spray can also be effective.
#7. Back Pain
A little pain and discomfort are completely normal during pregnancy. After all, a human being is growing inside your body, and that’s no small feat for your body to take on. Natural treatment methods for back pain and discomfort, like massage or chiropractic care, could be beneficial, but it can also help to sleep on your left side with a pillow in between your legs for added abdominal support. Sleeping on your left side will also increase the flow of blood and, therefore, oxygen to your uterus.
We hope that these tips will help you find the solution you need to your pregnancy sleep problems. But, if you’re still having trouble getting the sleep you need, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology. As we mentioned above, sleep is essential during pregnancy, and we can help you find the right solution for your needs.