Pregnancy and Insomnia

As a woman awaits the arrival of her baby, she is obliged to cope with many body behaviors that are uncomfortable; these can include leg cramps, anxiety attacks, back pain and other difficulties, and can also include insomnia.

Insomnia is not a good thing, especially if the pregnancy is still in its early stages. Insomnia while bearing a child can result in long nights and stressed days. But do not feel you are alone – 78 percent of pregnant women suffer from sleep problems.

Initially, try to move your focus away from the clock and the hours because the more concerned you become about being awake then the more anxious and stressed you will become. Focus inwards, on yourself and your body; concentrate on each muscle in each leg, one at a time, tightening it and slowly releasing it; continue to work through the muscles of your body, all the time feeling the relaxation that follows after release of the tension.

But what are the causes of insomnia?

In the first trimester , many pregnant women are insomniac. This is because of the hormonal changes. Pregnant women have the tendency to feel more tired because of the progesterone phenomenon. This is a natural sedative and a woman is so tired that she is not aware of the sensation of keeping her eyes open. She may be asleep a lot of the day, therefore it is harder for her to sleep at night.

Aside from hormonal changes, another reason why pregnant women suffer from insomnia is because of their anxiety and worry concerning miscarriage. There are also financial worries if it is an unplanned pregnancy. Now these emotional states greatly affect the physical status of the expecting mother.

What you can do is you can remedy insomnia by taking a warm bath before bed. If you are in the mood for it and your partner is willing to oblige, then you can ask for a massage. These pre-sleep relaxation tips have proven to help pregnant women in this delicate state.

Before you go to bed, you have to make sure that the temperature i n your room is right for sleeping. Ask yourself whether it is quiet or dark enough. If you have dark-colored curtains, these can help keep out unnecessary light. Sound machines can also subside noise like traffic.

If you’re not yet drifting asleep after 20 to 30 minutes, move to another room. Read a book or a magazine or listen to relaxing music until you feel your eyes all droopy. Just don’t worry about not being able to sleep. If you get more worked up about this problem, it will only make you more anxious.

If necessary consult with your physician or doctor about the problem. Expert neurologists suggest that pregnant women should remedy insomnia by ensuring that they get good sleep all through the bearing child-bearing period. It is best that they get good sleep for their own benefit as well as that of their child.

Here are some suggestions for pregnant women:

– They should go to bed and get up the same time each day. This is to let their body get used to a schedule.

– As much as possible, they should not nap during the day.

– They should avoid cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol.

– Do not drink caffeinated beverages three to six hours before you go to bed

– Steer clear of spicy foods

– Exercise regularly

– Do not watch TV or read books or magazines while in bed. While lying down in your bed, there is a tendency to be sleepy. Use the bed only when you are going to sleep.

Generally, for pregnant women suffering from insomnia, it is transient and the causes of this dissipate after the birth of the baby.