5 Causes of Sleeping Issues during Pregnancy
During pregnancy you may need to adapt to a few changes. Remembering that a few things starting from hormonal change during pregnancy which causes some issues. The most common issues are nausea and morning sickness, rheumatic, and sleeping issues. Sleeping issues will increase when you enter the last trimester, remembering that the fetal growth will make it difficult for you to find a good sleeping position.
Here are 5 causes of sleeping issues during pregnancy and how to cope with it:
1. Your Digestion System
Pregnancy will hamper your digestion system so that the body ability to absorb nutrition will also decrease. In some cases pregnant women who are not able to fulfill fiber and liquid needed in her body may be susceptible to constipation. Especially when entering the last trimester where the fetus grows even more which causes pressure to a pregnant woman’s intestines. Besides pregnant women often experience a burning feeling on digestion or heartburn that often happens at night which might bother your sleeping pattern. To cope with this problem it is better to sleep upright on a chair when taking a nap or if it is not possible the best solution is to consult to a doctor.
2. Sleeping Position
The next cause of your sleeping issues is your sleeping position, when pregnancy grows bigger you will find it difficult to sleep comfortably. So for you who are entering the third trimester of pregnancy it is very recommended to sleep tilted to the left because it will make your blood flows easier to the placenta. Even so it doesn’t mean you have to avoid sleeping tilted to the right, in general you can get a comfortable sleeping position by adapting to your growing belly.
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3. Nightmare Issue during Pregnancy
Sleeping issue that might happen to you is nightmare during pregnancy which keeps you up at night. If you are lacking of stress management it causes you to up until morning or you may find it difficult to have a good quality of sleep. A few things that worry you about pregnancy are the cause of your nightmare. Therefore for you who are entering the latest period of pregnancy it is best for you to relax and get enough rest in the afternoon.
4. Leg Cramps
Leg cramps happen anytime and also possible for it to happen at night which bothers your sleep. Leg cramps happen because the muscles in your legs are exhausted which is caused by weight gain during pregnancy and also because of the blood flow from your legs. If you experience leg cramps when sleeping you can try to massage your feet or soak them in warm water. Some also recommends getting up first and walking for a few minutes to keep the cramps away.
5. Get Up Because of Urinating Needs
Getting up in the middle of the night to urinate is also one of your habits during pregnancy. With the baby growing bigger your bladder is also getting some pressure which causes frequent urination during pregnancy. Make sure to urinate before you go to sleep. It is better if you use night lamp so it will also minimize tripping or falling possibilities. Try to not get up immediately but give it a little break before you get off the bed.