Is pregnancy sleepiness the norm?
There are no two same pregnancies. Nine months' experiences can be completely different. However, there is one common feature that connects all future moments - drowsiness and a sense of fatigue.
These feelings are experienced by all women, but the degree of intensity varies and depends on individual characteristics. However, all future moms notice a decrease in energy and a more frequent need to rest during the day.
What are the causes of drowsiness in pregnancy?
Sleepy pregnancy during the first trimester is caused primarily by hormonal changes. The woman's body produces more blood to transfer nutrients more efficiently to the developing fetus. An increased amount of blood is associated with a decrease in blood sugar and reduced blood pressure.
At the root of the changed well-being lies also significant increase in blood progesterone. It also affects drowsiness during pregnancy stress and anxiety resulting from a change in life situation. Even in the case of a planned pregnancy, the spectrum of felt emotions is so large that it often overwhelms and receives energy. It takes time to get used to the thought of pregnancy and a changed life situation.
In the second trimester of pregnancy, drowsiness is less common in most women. In the middle of pregnancy there comes a "happy time", when the expectant mother usually feels best, says goodbye to most ailments, begins to enjoy her belly growing faster, she feels fulfilled and happy. However, it cannot be ruled out that somnolence will also occur during this period. The body's response to a dynamically changing situation varies greatly.
In the third trimester, drowsiness and fatigue usually result from advanced pregnancy. The belly is already big enough to be pregnant. Another problem is the need to go to the toilet often. Often, future mothers complain of insomnia, which further hinders recovery.
Or is it sleep apnea?
Not always drowsiness in pregnancy is a physiological symptom, sometimes it indicates a more serious cause, for example sleep apnea.
If you were obese, suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure before becoming pregnant, check to see if you have a problem with it. Other disturbing symptoms are snoring, morning headache, poor memory, and problems with concentration.
How to deal with drowsiness in pregnancy?
The easiest way to make drowsiness pregnant is to respond to the needs of the body. It is worth listening to what our body is saying and cooperating with them. In practice, this means:
- faster going to sleep
- napping during the day
- drinking 1.5-2 liters of water a day,
- using a varied diet, rich in iron, proteins and valuable B vitamins,
- using every free moment to rest,
- limiting the amount of fluid taken before bedtime, which reduces the risk of getting out of bed at night when needed,
- asking family and friends for help with everyday duties,
- moderate physical activity lasting a minimum of 30 minutes during the day, it is particularly advisable to walk in the fresh air,
Read why you should sleep on your left side during pregnancy.