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Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

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Overview

Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes plus the discomforts of later pregnancy can break up a pregnant woman's sleep cycle.

First trimester.
  • The first trimester can bring insomnia and night waking.
  • Most women feel the need to take naps to fight daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
Second trimester.
  • The second trimester tends to feel more normal for many women. This is often a period of improved daytime energy and less need for naps.
Third trimester.
  • The third trimester is a time to expect increasing insomnia and night waking. Most women wake up 3 to 5 times a night, usually because of such discomforts as back pain, needing to urinate, leg cramps, heartburn, and fetal movement.
  • Strange dreams are also common in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
  • The need to take daily naps may return as your due date approaches.

Improving your sleep

Try to get the best sleep possible. These tips might help.


Credits for Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

Current as of: February 23, 2022

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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