When you start expecting, also expect insomnia.
Ask most women who have had pregnancy experiences in the recent past about the one aspect of pregnancy that made them anxious, and they will tell you – lack of quality sleep. Pregnancy sets off an alarm of excitement in a woman’s body. One of the many changes that pregnant women have to deal with is erratic sleeping patterns. Your sleep cycles start to flip-flop the most during the second trimester. The disruptions are triggered owing to multiple factors such as hunger, physical discomfort, anxiety, etc. But these aren’t concerns that you cannot get out of. Of course, you can! In this blog, we will give you some important informational nuggets on the subject of insomnia during the second trimester, and how to overcome it.
To begin with, if you are a pregnant woman who is currently navigating the highs and lows of your second trimester, please know that insomnia is not a good sign during your baby-bump days. Sleep should be your top priority. Facing sleep-related issues in the first trimester of pregnancy is expected. Your body is still adjusting to the windfall of changes that occur as soon as your pregnancy comes into effect. Because of the high frequency of physiological changes, losing sleep is a well-known side-effect of it. But do not let lack of good quality sleep time become a routine; else you may discover that you might have turned into an insomniac – especially by the time you enter into your second trimester.
To keep insomnia away throughout your pregnancy, make sure that you make it a strict habit to not forego your precious sleep hours. The more you rest, the more relaxed your body will feel. Eat small meals at regular intervals. Exercise as much as you can. In addition to doing physical workouts, also engage yourself in breathing exercises. Remember to exercise early in the day. You would be in a good frame of mind and feeling fresh and bright.
Of course, not all mornings are going to see you feel fresh as a flower. But that’s okay. We agree that establishing a steady sleep schedule can be an uphill task because your body is behaving like a brat – sending you to the bathroom frequently and at odd hours, making you feel drowsy during the daytime, and causing you to succumb to emotional and physical stress.
Putting up with these disruptions is challenging no doubt, but remember, pregnancy is about striking a balance between the mind the body. The first trimester demands a lot of getting used to. But do not let insomnia be on that list. If you succeed in not getting bogged down by the curve balls that your pregnancy throws at you in the initial months, then you are going to cruise along just fine in the remaining six months.
We hope our hacks are helpful in making your pregnancy more enjoyable and satisfying. And if you liked our tips and tricks, you’re welcome to sleep on them! 🙂
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