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You've entered the so-called honeymoon phase of pregnancy, and you're probably sleeping more peacefully now. Even so, you're not likely to sleep as long or as well as you did before pregnancy.
Read on to find out what kind of sleep patterns and problems you can expect during your second trimester. Don't forget to visit our sleep disturbances and coping strategies area for more pregnancy sleep tips.
How you may be feeling
A flood of the hormone progesterone is what makes moms-to-be so tired – and so wakeful at night – in the first trimester. Your hormone levels are rising more slowly now, so chances are you have more energy and are sleeping better than you have in weeks. Morning sickness has probably passed, too.
How to get into a good sleep groove
It's a good idea to try to establish good sleeping habits now, while you're not plagued with the sleeping difficulties of your first or third trimester.
Make the switch to side sleeping if you haven't already. And implementing other good habits now may serve you well in the months ahead. These might include following a relaxing bedtime routine, having a regular sleep schedule, and taking the television out of the bedroom.
Learn two easy ways to get comfortable and accommodate your growing belly during pregnancy.
How exercise can help
This is also a good time – while you're feeling and sleeping better – to start exercising regularly. Exercising boosts mental and physical health and can help you sleep better at night. Working out too close to bedtime can rev you up, though, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to wind down at the end of the day.
How to cope with new sleep problems
Second-trimester sleep stealers can include snoring and congestion, sleep apnea, leg cramps, restless legs syndrome, and vivid dreams.
If sleep is a problem for you, don't hesitate to talk with your healthcare provider. Your provider may refer you to a sleep specialist who can suggest treatments that are safe during pregnancy.