Although layers of skin, the amniotic fluid, insulate your baby from the outside sound, they are not completely cut off. A loud noise or sudden noise can wake her up and she may respond by a punch or kick. The lack of sleep also disrupts your normal functioning, which may in turn affect your baby.
However, it is seen that most women find it difficult to sleep during pregnancy. Even women who generally have no sleeping problems reportedly suffer from insomnia and poor sleep during pregnancy. Sometimes poor sleep or disturbed sleep causes depression among women and that increases the chances of birth-related complications. Pregnancy discomforts caused by the various hormonal changes in the body lead to sleep problems. This results in the mothers staying up till late and not getting enough sleep or the required amount of sleep.
If you find it convenient to sleep during the day, make sure to nap well in the afternoon. This will compensate for the lack of sleep at night.
Shortage of sleep in pregnant mothers is often associated with low birth-weight babies. Like mentioned before, your baby sleeps as long as you sleep. Your movements and surrounding sound keep your baby wide and awake. Avoid watching television just before bedtime. Instead, listen to soothing music or read a book to induce yourself into a state of sleepiness.
It is sometimes seen that working till late night or doing night shifts during pregnancy, combined with other factors like smoking or drinking, multiply the risk of miscarriage and stillborn babies. Try to talk to your boss or colleagues and work as much during the day, so that you can have a sound sleep at night.
Also, induce some exercise in your routine. Exercise will not only keep you healthy but also help you to have a refreshing night sleep.