Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Sleep studies
tell us that hormonal changes, plus the discomforts of later pregnancy, can
break up a pregnant woman’s sleep cycle.
The first trimester can bring insomnia and night
waking. Most women feel the need to take naps to battle daytime sleepiness and
The second trimester tends to feel more normal for many
women. This is often a period of improved daytime energy and less
need for naps.
The third trimester is a time to expect increasing insomnia and night waking. Most women wake up 3 to 5
times a night, usually because of such discomforts as back pain, needing to
urinate, leg cramps, heartburn, and fetal movement. Strange dreams are also
common in the last few weeks of pregnancy. The need to take daily naps returns
as the due date approaches.
Managing sleep problems during pregnancy
take a few simple measures to get the best possible sleep during pregnancy.
Get regular exercise.
Keep a regular sleep schedule.
Keep your naps as short as possible.
Use your bed only
techniques. (For more information, see the topic Stress
Reduce your exposure to sounds that might wake
Limit your fluid intake after 6 p.m. to reduce nighttime
Prop yourself with extra pillows to reduce aches
If you continue to have problems with insomnia, go to bed
only when you’re tired, and get out of bed when you’re wide awake in the middle
of the night.