Insomnia during pregnancy: Snooze Or Lose!

Insomnia during pregnancy

You may lose sleep during pregnancy for a variety of reasons.  Whatever the reason may be, it is important to understand that insomnia is not harmful to your baby. Insomnia during pregnancy is normal and affects approximately 78% of pregnant women.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is the perception of inadequate or poor-quality sleep.

Inadequate sleep may be the result of one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Difficulty returning to sleep
  • Unrefreshing sleep
What causes insomnia during pregnancy?
  • Discomfort due to the increased size of your abdomen
  • Back pain
  • Heartburn
  • Frequent urination during the night
  • Anxiety
  • Anticipating the arrival of your baby
  • Frequent and vivid dreams
  • Hormonal changes

Source: American Pregnancy Association Promoting Pregnancy Wellness

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