It’s fairly common for women in their third trimester of pregnancy to experience insomnia, thanks to a whole range of hormone fluctuations as well as body discomfort in the last few weeks before birth. The need to constantly get up to empty your bladder, or the persistent irritation from heartburn, as well as anxiety and leg cramps do little to allow you to sleep peacefully during this late stage.
Is insomnia harmful to you and your baby?
Unless you are chronically tired and still unable to sleep, you’re probably getting enough rest, and this inability to sleep could also just be your body’s way of preparing you for a gruelling post-natal routine. While some people thrive on eight hours or more of sleep, others can do with less. If you’re worried about not getting enough sleep or are feeling particularly fatigued, speak to your doctor and get to the root of the problem.
The worst possible approach to not getting enough sleep is to worry about it, which will just keep you awake for longer. If you let go of the anxiety, it will increase your chances of getting some sleep. You can do this by quietly meditating, listening to soothing music, or relaxing in a long, warm bath before getting into bed. Try to keep as much of a persistent sleep routine as possible so that your body can get used to sleeping at a specific time at night and waking at the same time each morning.
Languish over your dinner to reduce the effects of heartburn, and don’t drink tea or coffee for at least a few hours before bedtime. If you have trouble sleeping, rather opt for a warm glass of milk than juices or other sugar-drenched stimulants, and try to take in your last fluids early in the evening to avoid having to get up to go to the bathroom at all hours. Make sure that your bedroom temperature is comfortable and sleep with a pregnancy body pillow to ensure that your body is properly supported for a good night’s rest.
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