Women's Health

Sleep Problems during Pregnancy

​​Fatigue during pregnancy:

It is common to feel tired or even exhausted during pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks. Hormonal changes at this time can make the pregnant woman feel tired and nauseous, so she should rest and do the following:

  • Set aside time to sit with feet elevated during the day.
  • Ensure following a healthy diet.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

As the pregnancy progresses, the pregnant woman may feel tired due to the extra weight, and with the increase in the size of the abdomen, it may be difficult to get a good night's sleep.

Sleeping position for pregnant women:

  • The safest sleeping position is on the sides and switching therebetween, as research indicates that after 28 weeks sleeping on the back can double the risk of stillbirth, this may be due to the influx of blood and oxygen to the baby.
  • Try to support the abdomen with pillows and place a pillow between the knees.
  • Keeping the knees bent and placing a pillow between the knees; To relieve pressure on the back.
  • When feeling heartburn during the night, try to support the upper body with pillows.

Tips to avoid insomnia during pregnancy:

  • Take naps during the day and try to sleep early.
  • ​Reduce caffeine intake (e.g.: coffee or tea), especially at night.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, while reducing intake two hours before bed so that the pregnant woman does not have to get up and go to the bathroom.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes, but not four hours before bedtime.
  • A warm bath or a foot or shoulder massage helps to relax.
  • Prepare the bedroom and make it quiet and cool, as this helps to sleep.
  • Try to do some activity (e.g.: a walk at lunchtime or swimming) even when you feel tired during the day.


Last Update : 07 June 2023 02:10 PM
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