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Sleepiness During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is all about creating a new life. Right from the time of egg fertilization to the various stages of fetal development, your body is continuously working hard to create a new life.
There are also many hormonal changes occurring in your body, resulting in increased fatigue, sleepiness and drowsiness. Sleepiness and fatigue are more common during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy. This article discusses sleepiness during the various stages of pregnancy and how best to tackle it.
Sleep Problems During Pregnancy
The first trimester is a period of immense activity where the embryo is growing rapidly in size and the development of major organs is taking place. Since your body is supporting this phenomenal growth of the fetus, it is no surprise that most women feel very sleepy during the first trimester.
In fact, increased fatigue and drowsiness are among the first signs of pregnancy. There is also a spike in the levels of the progesterone hormone during the first trimester, which also contributes to enhanced sleepiness.
The second trimester of pregnancy is often associated with relatively high energy levels as hormone activity stabilizes and nausea, vomiting, etc. subside. Fatigue and sleepiness return with vigor in the third trimester. The baby is has rapidly grown in weight during this period and is having its final spurt of growth.
Besides, the increase in belly size and frequent bath-room breaks make it difficult to get comfortable sleep at night. All this contributes to increased fatigue and sleepiness during the day time. There are many ways to combat to sleepiness during pregnancy. Listen to your body and take rest whenever you feel drowsy. A power nap during the day can recharge your energy levels.
Sugar and caffeine elevate your blood sugar levels temporarily, but these levels go down pretty soon resulting in increased fatigue. Hence, try to avoid caffeinated products and junk food items that cause fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
A balanced and healthy diet with small frequent meals taken at regular intervals goes a long way in combating drowsiness and keeping your energy levels steady. You can also talk to your doctor if you experience excessive sleepiness. Many times pregnant women suffer from anemia which may be the cause for increased drowsiness. Your doctor will be able to know this and prescribe iron supplements if you are anemic.