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One of the frequent consequences of the hormonal and physiological changes inherent in pregnancy is sleep disorders, such as excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia. In fact, this is a problem that affects up to 70% of pregnant women.
Hormonal and physiological changes
With the beginning of pregnancy there is a notable increase in the production of progesterone, which is the hormone that prepares the mother's uterus to house the embryo.
And this situation is responsible for the fact that during the first trimester of pregnancy the woman feels a sensation of sleepiness and tiredness during the day. However, progesterone is not the cause of insomnia, another problem that occurs with some frequency, but which is mainly due to the stress with which some women react to pregnancy.
Little by little, the pregnant woman adapts to the hormonal changes, so that from the second trimester of pregnancy the feeling of sleep and tiredness is significantly reduced. However, in the last few months other circumstances arise that significantly affect the quality of the soil with continuous awakening during the night and even episodes of insomnia: the increase in the size and weight of the abdomen, foetal movements, the increase in the number of times that one needs to urinate, common disorders such as low back pain or tired legs, etc. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
sleep disorders during pregnancy
Sleepiness in the first trimester of pregnancy and poor quality of sleep in the last are problems that cannot be prevented, but can be mitigated in some way by following a series of tips:
1) To reduce tiredness and sleepiness in the first trimester
Eating lightly: This is not a question of reducing your intake of calories and nutrients, but of eating more times a day by spreading out the amount of food you eat. In this way, heavy digestions, which cause drowsiness, are avoided.
Eating at home: Whenever possible, it is advisable to eat at home and take a light nap of about 10-20 minutes. It will be a refreshing sleep that will relieve the feeling of tiredness and sleepiness.
Hydration: not drinking the necessary amount of liquids throughout the day can induce a process of dehydration that manifests itself as a feeling of tiredness. You should drink about 2-2.5 litres of water a day.
Moderate physical exercise: a daily walk, especially after a meal, allows you to recover energy and eliminate drowsiness.