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Why it happens
Feeling anxious about your baby's health and the responsibilities you'll soon have as a parent is a sure way to ruin a good night's sleep. It's also perfectly natural – provided you don't spend more than a few nights tossing and turning. But if your anxiety is becoming all-consuming and regularly disrupts or ruins your slumber, it's time to find a better way to deal with it.
What you can do about it
- Share your fears with your partner.
Chances are you both have similar concerns. Communicating openly about your anxiety can help the two of you feel – and sleep – better.
- Turn to friends or family members for support.
Other moms-to-be are another crucial support network, as they're probably bothered by similar worries. (To hook up with other pregnant women online, visit BabyCenter's community.)
- Talk to your medical practitioner.
If you're extremely anxious or have a specific reason to be concerned about your baby's health, your healthcare provider may schedule an ultrasound to evaluate your baby. Although an ultrasound can't detect every potential problem, you might find it comforting to see even a fuzzy outline of your growing baby.
- Create a relaxing environment for sleeping.
Don't watch television in bed or read the latest thriller. And don't exercise just before bedtime. Instead, prepare yourself for bed with things you find comforting – some inspiring reading, a bath, and a cup of warm milk, for example. Try to visualize yourself with your healthy, happy baby.
For more details, read our complete articles on relaxation techniques for better pregnancy sleep and pregnancy sleep aids.
If anxiety continues to plague you, you may want to seek professional counseling. Ask your healthcare provider for a referral.