6 Things I Wish I Had Known About Pregnancy Insomnia
This article was originally featured on What to Expect, a pregnancy and parenting brand helping every parent know what to expect, every step of the way.
Most mums-to-be have heard tales from veteran parents about how they're never going to sleep again once baby arrives, but what most pregnant women don't know is that the lack of sleep actually starts while they're pregnant. Yep, pregnancy insomnia is a real thing and unfortunately it can start at any point during those magical nine months.
Like many pregnancy-related symptoms, insomnia can be chalked up to hormonal changes. That said, even for the most even-keeled of pregnancies, things like heartburn, increased trips to the bathroom, discomfort (who can sleep with that big belly?!), and, of course, prebaby jitters can all contribute. For many women, pregnancy insomnia hits hardest in the third trimester when getting comfortable is akin to a Herculean feat, but again, it can happen at any point — and there's no set period for when it ends.
If you're surprised at how little sleep you've been getting during your pregnancy, you're not alone. Unlike morning sickness and swollen feet, insomnia isn't one of the more commonly-talked about symptoms of pregnancy. Take heart in knowing, though, that there are few things you can do to alleviate the lack of sleep you're getting — and that, eventually, it will end.
Here are six things no one tells you about pregnancy insomnia.