For a new mom-to-be, experiencing sleep deprivation after the baby is born is a given. But you probably didn’t realize that this could also occur during the first trimester of pregnancy.
It turns out that pregnancy can make you feel exhausted all day long. It can also cause insomnia at night. Between midnight bathroom breaks, out-of-control hormones, and pregnancy woes like congestion and heartburn, you might be spending more time out of your bed than in it.
You’re not alone. Most women experience sleep problems during pregnancy. Pregnant women tend to get more sleep during their first trimesters (hello, early bedtime) but experience a big drop in the quality of their sleep.
The good news is, while insomnia might be miserable, it’s not harmful to your baby. Here are some of the most common culprits for insomnia during early pregnancy, plus a few tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia means you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Women can experience insomnia during all stages of pregnancy, but it tends to be more common in the first and third trimesters.
Sheer logistics play a role, too. By the end of a pregnancy, many women have a hard time just getting comfortable enough to sleep well. During the first trimester, you might not have much of a baby belly to accommodate, but there are other issues that can prevent a good night’s sleep.