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Almost all pregnant women have trouble sleeping at some point. And it's not surprising, considering that when you're pregnant, nausea, heartburn, and a constant need to pee often come with the territory.
Read on to find out what kind of sleep patterns and problems you can expect during your first trimester. Don't forget to visit our sleep disturbances and coping strategies area for more pregnancy sleep tips.
You need to nap
Early in your pregnancy, you'll start feeling very sleepy during the day. High levels of progesterone bring on this sudden craving for naps. Progesterone is a hormone that helps regulate a woman's reproductive cycle. It also makes you drowsy.
The flood of this hormone can make a normal day at work seem as taxing as running a marathon. You may feel so worn out that you think you're coming down with the flu.
Strangely enough, progesterone can disrupt your sleep at night, leading to even more fatigue during the day. All you can do is rest as much as possible and grab a quick catnap whenever you can.
You have trouble getting comfy
Your newly tender breasts may make it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position, especially if you're used to sleeping on your stomach.
The first trimester is the perfect time to start training yourself to sleep on your left side. That position improves the flow of blood and nutrients to your fetus and uterus, and helps your body get rid of waste and fluids.
You have a constant need to pee
Your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder and sends you scrambling for the bathroom more often than you thought possible. If you're tired of the bathroom shuffle, drink plenty of fluids during the day but cut down in the late afternoon and evening.
You're not alone
If you feel caught in a cycle of wakefulness at night and exhaustion during the day, you're not alone. More than half of pregnant women take at least one nap during the workweek, and 60 percent take at least one weekend nap. The bottom line: Expect your first trimester to be tiring, and listen to your body when it tells you to slow down or rest.
Find out about other first-trimester sleep stealers, including nausea and vomiting, vivid dreams, and hunger.