What Causes Insomnia During Pregnancy?
Expecting? There are many reasons you might be wide awake in the wee hours. These can include:
- need to urinate frequently
- back pain
- breast tenderness
- abdominal discomfort
- leg cramps
- shortness of breath
- vivid dreams
Other causes of insomnia can be stress-related. You might feel anxious about labor and delivery, or worry about how you’ll balance work with being a new mother. These thoughts can keep you up at night (especially after your third visit to the bathroom).
It can be difficult to distract yourself from these thoughts, but try to remember that worrying isn’t productive. Instead, try writing down all of your concerns on paper and think of possible solutions. This can help empty your mind so you can rest.
Being up front with your partner about your feelings and worries can also help you feel better.
Tips for Managing Insomnia
One of the best things you can do to manage insomnia while you’re pregnant is to set up good sleep habits. Here’s how to begin.