5 Pregnancy Sleep Problems and Their Solutions
With all that’s going on in your body, it’s no surprise that sleep is eluding you. Here are some suggestions to have you sleeping through the night.
1.Taking Frequent Leaks
Problem: Increased hormones can mean having to run to the bathroom often during the first trimester. In the third trimester, your growing uterus presses against your bladder, increasing your urge to go
Solution: Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day, but cut back in the two hours before bedtime.
Problem: You may have this throughout pregnancy, but especially in the second and third trimesters. Your growing stomach makes it hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in and sleeping on your back is not advised past the first trimester.
Solution: Sleep on your left side. It makes it easier on your circulatory system and is safest for your baby
Problem: Expansion of the uterus may put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the leg, causing cramps. Usually happens in the second half of the pregnancy
Solution: Increasing your intake of magnesium and calcium may help (consult your doctor before taking any supplements). Keep hydrated and do stretching exercises.
Problem: Higher oestrogen levels can cause this.
Solution: Sleep with your head elevated. Saline nasal sprays and nose strips are safe to try too.
5.Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Problem: Tingling or crawling sensation in your legs, with an urge to move them. Usually happens in the third trimester
Solution: Ask your doctor to test you for iron and folate deficiency if you suffer from it. Avoid caffeine and exercise daily