Pregnancy is an exciting time! The woman’s body undergoes several changes and she feels a new life growing within her. However, this can be a tiring experience for the woman. The growing body can be sometimes uncomfortable. The most common complaint is the constant fatigue. The tired legs, the morning sickness and the emotional stress can take a toll on you and lead to sleep problems. During pregnancy you should sleep extra as your body is working a lot harder. Your heart works hard to keep the blood flowing in the baby’s as well as your body. So if you feel tired, then you should rest and take a nap. It is important to sleep at least eight hours a day during pregnancy.(ALSO READ How to get pregnant: 5 tips for women to conceive faster)

The amount of sleep needed during a pregnancy depends on the stage of the pregnancy. Women feel drowsy all the time during the first trimester. The high levels of progesterone, which is required to support the growth of the placenta, during the first trimester causes fatigue and lethargy. Your metabolism also changes during this period. Women usually feel sleepy all the time during the first trimester but their sleep is often disrupted due to many reasons like frequent urination.(ALSO READ How accurate is the home pregnancy test: Everything you should know about home pregnancy test kit).

During the second trimester, the woman gets enough sleep by doing low impact exercises and sleeping on the left side. Sleep usually improves with the second trimester as everything levels out and there is no drastic changes happening in the body.(ALSO READ: Foods to eat during pregnancy: 15 power foods to ensure good health for mother and baby).

In the third trimester, again it is difficult to get some shuteye as the woman now has an enlarged belly and it is not easy sleepy with it. It is difficult to find a comfortable position with the huge belly. And the woman may experience heartburn and frequent urination, that may cause sleep disruption. A pregnant lady is advised to get as much rest is possible and sleep whenever they feel drowsy. And to reduce sleep disruption, you can limit fluid intake just before the bedtime. You should also reduce spicy food and exercises to avoid heartburn.

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