First Trimester Pregnancy Sleep




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It is very common for pregnant women to experience difficulty sleeping at some point during their pregnancy.  When you think about the changes that are occurring in the woman’s body, and the pregnancy symptoms that she is experiencing, such as heartburn, nausea, and frequent urination, it is not surprising!   The following will address some of the problems that are on the horizon and the kinds of sleep patterns that may help you to deal with them during the first trimester of your pregnancy:

•    You Need to Nap:  During the early stages of your pregnancy, you will find that you will start to feel tired during the daytime.  This new craving for naptime results from the high levels of progesterone that are present in your body.  Progesterone is the hormone that helps with the regulation of the woman’s reproductive cycle, and it tends to cause drowsiness.

The changing hormonal levels can make normal activities feel exhausting!  Your normal nine to five can start to feel like running all twenty-six miles of a marathon!  You may also think that that the feeling of drowsiness is comparable to what you feel when you come down with the flu.  Strangely, the changing levels of progesterone may tend to disrupt your sleep at night, which can make you even more tired during the day.  The best approach that you can take is to get as much rest as possible, and feel free to take the short catnap whenever the opportunity presents itself.

•    You Can’t Get Comfortable:  One of the common pregnancy symptoms during the first trimester is tenderness and soreness of the breasts.  This tenderness may make finding a comfortable sleeping position difficult, in particular if you are accustomed to sleeping on your stomach.  The first trimester is an ideal time for the woman to begin training herself to sleep on her left side.  This sleeping position serves two purposes:  it will aid the necessary blood flow that serves to provide nutrients to the uterus and fetus, and it will help your body to effectively dispose of fluids and waste.

•    You Constantly Need to Pee:  During your pregnancy, you will discover that you are forced to seek out a restroom far more often than you believed humanly possible!  The increased need for urination results from the pressure that is developing on the bladder as the uterus grows.  One approach that can be taken is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the daytime, but try to cut down your fluid intake during the late afternoon and evenings.

•    You Are Not Alone:  One of the most important things to keep in mind as you battle these bouts of being exhausted in the daytime and wide awake in the evening, is that you are not alone!  Statistics support that more than 50% of pregnant women will take at least one nap during the course of their work week, and 60% will take at least one nap on the weekends.  Essentially, during the first trimester of your pregnancy, you should be expect to be tired frequently.  Learn to listen closely to your body and give it what it needs; slow down when you need to and get plenty of rest!

 

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By Jack Rambadt of Expecting Parents Alliance of America




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