Many pregnant women find it difficult to sleep due to various causes such as concern about a baby or a physical problem, such as frequent urination, heartburn, fetal movement or difficulties in finding a comfortable sleeping position. Anxiety about sleep loss (which usually does not cause unwanted effects) makes it even more difficult to sleep, and women often find themselves in a vicious circle.
What to do?
You may find it easier to fall asleep if you, prior to sleep, do the relaxation exercises you learned at the courses for pregnant women. In later stages of pregnancy, when a fetus can press one of the nerves, it may be easier for you if you sleep on the side and if you put the pillow below your knees or thighs. If none of these helps, it is best to reconcile with the fact that you will not be able to fall asleep and stop worrying about it.
Lie down and read or do household chores, and ”compensate” the lack of sleep on another occasion when you feel tired. If you are worried about sleep loss, do not take any medicines and consult your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe you a sedative, although it would be better not to take such medication. The doctor will especially hesitate to give you a sedative if your pregnancy has not exceeded 14 weeks – because the drug may harm the fetus during that period – or if the time of childbirth is near, because the baby, due to the effects of the drug, could be tired and have difficulties with breathing.