Many women have difficulty sleeping comfortably and sufficiently during pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester. Over 80% of women experience some sleeping difficulty over the course of their pregnancy.
What causes it?
There are multiple factors that contribute to sleep insomnia. Between the increased need to pee, the inability to find a comfortable position to sleep in, and the general anxiety that comes with carrying Baby in your womb, it’s no wonder that so many women have trouble sleeping while they are pregnant.
If you tend to work out or eat shortly before going to sleep, try spacing out these activities a bit and see what happens. If your big problem is comfort while you sleep, try using a body pillow that will conform to support you regardless of the position you end up in. Don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider for help.
Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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