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Sleepiness during pregnancy

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Almost all pregnant women have trouble sleeping at some point. And it's not surprising, considering that when you're pregnant, nausea, heartburn, and a constant need to pee often set in.

It's normal to feel tired as your body works to nurture the developing baby. It's usually later in pregnancy that most women have trouble getting enough deep, uninterrupted sleep.

Many women report daytime sleepiness during pregnancy. Try to fit in a quick nap at lunchtime. Most over-the-counter and prescription sleep drugs are off-limits as they may cause malformations and affect IQ development. Try activities such as yoga, deep breathing, a relaxing massage or taking a warm bath before bedtime, to get a better night’s sleep.

Several sleep disorders are worse in pregnancy. One in four moms reported restless legs syndrome (RLS), characterized by unpleasant feelings in the legs that worsen at night and relieved by movement. Another common problem during pregnancy is heartburn.

4 tips to cope with fatigue during pregnancy

# 1 Rest well

Get some extra bed rest when you feel fatigued. Try going to bed early or nap during the day. Avoid fluids before sleep will cut down on the bathroom episodes that disturb your sleep.

#2 Adjust your schedule

If your current activities drain you, adjust your schedule to be less busy. This may be reducing your working hours or asking your friends and family to help you with housework/errands.

#3 Eat a balanced diet

Eating nutritious meals support your energy levels. Make sure you get enough iron, protein, and calories. Fatigue can become worse if you are hypoglycaemic. Also, stay hydrated during your pregnancy.

#4 Moderate Exercise

Although you may feel like you have no energy to exercise, try some moderate activity, such as a 30-minute slow walk, and it may surprise and energise you!

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