Oh sweet relief- after a long day of being pregnant you’re finally nestling in your soft bed, cuddling with your body pillow, and listening to your partner not snoring – you’re ready for a good night’s sleep. But wait, you can’t sleep? While pregnant women should absolutely be exempt from insomnia it unfortunately has a one-sided love affair with them, thinking they want it in their bed when really they would do anything to get rid of it.
So, what’s up with that? Why is it so common for exhausted with-child ladies to be wide-awake for hours past their bedtime?
A few common causes of pregnancy insomnia are:
- always wanting to be aware of baby movements (making sure baby isn’t still for too long)
- having to get up multiple times to pee
- out of control hormones
- common pregnancy symptoms like heartburn and congestion that seem to relish the supine position
- an overactive imagination that obsesses over everything that could go wrong
While a few nights of restlessness are inevitable during pregnancy, you can say goodbye to regular bouts of insomnia by incorporating the following into your life: