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Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

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Topic Overview

Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Sleep studies tell us that hormonal changes, plus the discomforts of later pregnancy, can break up a pregnant woman's sleep cycle.

Managing sleep problems during pregnancy

You can take a few simple measures to get the best possible sleep during pregnancy.

If you continue to have problems with insomnia, go to bed only when you're tired, and get out of bed when you're wide awake in the middle of the night.

Medicines are seldom used to aid sleep during pregnancy, because most are dangerous to a growing baby. If you have sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.


Credits for Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

Current as of: October 8, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology


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