It’s not always easy to get enough quality shut-eye when you’re expecting. The emotional and physical demands of pregnancy can stand in the way of getting restful sleep.
Sleep is important for everyone, but even more so for pregnant women and their growing babies. Practicing good sleep hygiene is one of the ways for expectant mothers to help give their baby a better chance of a healthy and full-term birth, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep should be a high priority during pregnancy because it improves your immune system and brain function, and regulates growth hormone levels.
Women who don’t get enough sleep during pregnancy may have higher risks of developing pregnancy complications including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and longer labors and higher rates of C-section deliveries.
Sleeping well throughout pregnancy can be challenging, but maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, cutting out caffeine, sleeping on your left side (supports circulation) and allowing yourself time to unwind before bed can help you get a good night’s rest.
Talk to your doctor if you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep. To find a provider, click here.