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Sleep and PregnancyHaving a baby isn’t something you should lose sleep over but many pregnant women do. Surveys show that eight out of ten moms-to-be will notice changes to their sleep schedule during pregnancy.

It starts when the surge of progesterone in your first trimester can cause sleepiness in the middle of the day. Your body is battling to cope with all that’s changing and you might feel exhausted yet unable to fall asleep at night.

Try to catch a daytime nap if you can and go for a walk in the evening before bed to help you get ready for a better night’s sleep. This is also the time to learn how to become a side sleeper if you aren’t one already. You’ll need this later in the pregnancy when you won’t be able to sleep on your stomach or your back.

In the second trimester your hormones will level off giving you more energy and making it easier to sleep. Take advantage of the mid-point in your pregnancy to develop a workable sleep schedule. This is also when you need to make daily exercise a habit that can boost mental and physical health and help you sleep better.

Getting enough sleep in your third trimester will be a challenge. Your growing belly makes it harder to find a comfortable way to lay in bed, even if you’re sleeping on your side. Sleeping in a recliner may be a good alternative.

Restless leg syndrome, heartburn and cramping are common discomforts at this time. You may also have a competing sleep schedule to deal with if your baby’s awake time doesn’t align with yours, making him or her increasingly active when you try to sleep.

As challenging as it can be to get enough sleep during pregnancy, try to think about it as basic training for what’s to come. It’s important to find ways to help yourself get better sleep now because we all know that those sleepless nights won’t end after your baby is born.

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15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

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Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

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