During the first trimester, many pregnant women have difficulty sleeping due to frequent urination and trips to the bathroom.
Sleep Issues in Later Pregnancy
When you get into the second and third trimester and your size is increasing, along with your little one kicking you more and more, you may experience sleep difficulty in finding a comfortable sleep position, as well as falling asleep and staying asleep all night. If you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, you may find it quite difficult to adjust to sleeping on your side, which is recommended. The left side is best, because it improves circulation. Lying on your side with your knees bent, place a pillow between your knees and one behind your back to get more support. Special “pregnancy” pillows (or body pillows) may be a great investment for better uninterrupted sleep. Try taking a warm, relaxing shower or bath right before bedtime and have a warm caffeine-free drink, but don’t drink more than one, unless you want to get up a dozen times for bathroom trips. Avoid sleep medications, without consulting with your doctor or midwife first, about their safety.
—Braxton Hicks Contractions
—Dizziness and Fainting
—Heartburn and Indigestion
—Nausea and Morning Sickness