Most women do not know what is in store for them in terms of sleep during pregnancy. Lethargy and overwhelming fatigue are common due to the hormonal and the metabolic changes her body is going through.
Given below are the trimester-wise sleep patterns.
It is quite normal for the mother-to-be to take any opportunity to get sleep, going to bed early and napping throughout the day. Provided daytime naps do not affect the sleep at night, she can get all the sleep she wants. While the lack of sleep may not be dangerous for the baby, it can be a tiring period for the mother.
For most women a lot of things may be going on in their heads. From how she feels about becoming a parent, financial concerns or sheer excitement. All these can prevent her from getting sleep.
While she does not tend to show a bump during the first trimester, her breasts can be growing quickly or just be very tender.
It is also common to find that the mother-to-be needs to urinate more frequently during the early stages of pregnancy. Getting up at night to go to the toilet can be frustrating as often women find it hard to get back to sleep.
Nausea can also keep women from drifting off, or cause them to wake early. Waking up with hunger pangs in the middle of the night is not uncommon.
Women tend to have fewer sleep interruptions during this stage of pregnancy. Typically there is less nausea, emotions are under control and she does not urinate so frequently, her breasts may not be so sensitive and she may have fewer anxieties about pregnant.
After a very sleepy start to her pregnancy, daytime naps may no longer be needed or desired and she may find herself going back to her pre-pregnancy pattern of sleep.
As she nears the end of the second trimester, her bump may begin to feel more noticeable and she may find getting comfortable more difficult. It is advisable that she sleeps on her left side in particular.
During the final months of pregnancy sleep becomes an issue. The most obvious problem is probably the size of the mother’s bump, which grows quickly during the last trimester. It is important that she finds a comfortable and safe sleeping position.
Due to the almost full grown size of her uterus, the mother-to-be may want to urinate more often than before. Moreover, it also puts a pressure on her rectum which may cause constipation which can be uncomfortable and may keep her awake at night. Body aches and pains tend to increase in the third trimester which may keep her awake for long periods of time.
While many mothers-to-be experience it earlier in their pregnancy, it is usually towards the latter stages that heartburn becomes an issue at night time. Adjusting her sleep positions may help reduce its effect at night.
As the big day draws closer, it is quite natural for anxieties to start playing on her mind. Labour is one of the most common worries, especially for the first time mothers-to-be. If it is not the first baby, she may be more worried this time than the first time. It is perfectly normal to be concerned but it is not helpful for her to be stressed out. She needs to sensibly put her mind at rest.