Pregnancy is an extra ordinary occurrence in any women’s life. Not only does your body help to grow a human being, but your body also helps to sustain and grow your baby after it is born. One of the things pregnant women should expect while pregnant is the lack of sleep.
New research has shown that many women lose at least one hour of sleep in the later stages of pregnancy. They also have poorer-quality sleep and snore more than before they were pregnant.
In early pregnancy, women tend to get a whole lot sleepier but as the pregnancy progresses, the exact opposite is true. Heavily pregnant women also sleep less and snore more which can be very disturbing to your partner.
According to the co-principal investigator of the E Moe Mama study, Dr Sara-Jane Paine, said the findings around increased snoring were most surprising and worrying because other research had found newly developed snoring could indicate health problems.
The findings will be used to develop guidelines, material and support information for medical practitioners to sleep –deprived moms to be.
As your pregnancy progresses you will find that finding a comfortable sleeping position gets even more difficult as your pregnancy progresses.
Frequent trips to the toilet, hunger, followedby discomfort , pain and the baby kicking and moving are also causes for breaks in sleep.
Many women admit to snoring loudly more than three times a week in the later stages of pregnancy.
For most expectant moms, fatigue lifts a little in the second trimester of your pregnancy, as energy levels may return to their pre-pregnancy levels. This is when you should have a little more energy to prepare your baby’s room and prepare the house.
To decrease the discomfort, surround yourself with different cushions placed under your belly between your legs and behind your back to get the extra support your body.
Long maternity pillows work wonders for pregnant moms, as they help to keep the pelvis at the correct angle. Also avoid drinking too much in the evening.
A lack of sleep in pregnancy affects women’s health, causing longer labours, which then increases the likelihood of more medical intervention during birth, such as a C-Section, or depression once baby arrives.
You feel exhausted during pregnancy because the delicate balance of hormones that help get us pregnant in the first place and now working on overdrive, focusing on maintaining the pregnancy and adapting all the body systems to help grow your baby.
Exhaustion after giving birth
It would be great if your body could go back to normal right after giving birth, but this doesn’t happen immediately. Hormones need to re-adjust and you may even be anaemic after giving birth to your baby. But even still, being a parent generally means getting little sleep for a while, at least until your child moves out of home.