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Why Pregnant Women Lack Sleep
- Sep 01, 2018 -


Your body is flooded with hormones during pregnancy, and the first trimester is a significant adjusting period. You may feel like you have flu-like symptoms thanks to a spike in the hormone, progesterone. When it increases in your body, you’ll feel warmer and drowsier thanks to its thermogenic and soporific effects. Those are just fancy words for heat producing and sleep-inducing.

The effect is feeling tired, especially during the day. The hormone can also affect your sleep cycle, reducing the time spent in deep sleep.


While the discomfort you feel is likely to pale in comparison to what you experience in later trimesters when people who don’t know any better will call you as “big as a house,” you’ll still go through some physical changes that are bound to be uncomfortable.

One of the most significant of these changes will be breast tenderness. Sore breasts will make it even more difficult to find a position that allows you to get proper rest.

Frequent Urination

Our old friend progesterone is also responsible for your need to frequently urinate. Your growing fetus is also bound to put pressure on your bladder, increasing the urge to go to the bathroom. However, expect that to become more pronounced once the baby gets bigger.

You may be tempted to drink less fluid to limit bathroom trips, but you need liquids now more than ever.

If you don’t relish the idea of getting up frequently during the night, drink less at night and more during the day. And, this probably goes without saying, but avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, black teas, sodas, and energy drinks, which also increase the urge to go.