What causes insomnia in early pregnancy?

(May 26, 2011)

One of the characteristics of a pregnancy is the complete change in the hormonal balance of the body. The hormonal imbalance that is experienced by a woman who is carrying a child in her womb can lead to many different experiences that she may encounter during the term of the pregnancy. Insomnia in early pregnancy is one of the experiences that she may have due to the changes in the level of hormones in the body. There are a number of different theories as to what causes insomnia in early pregnancy.

Most people believe that a woman is extremely excited about the arrival of the new baby and that she cannot wait for that joyous day to arrive, which is the cause for her loss of sleep. However, medical studies have revealed that the estrogen levels in the body tend to escalate during a pregnancy and cause a certain amount of insomnia. Classic insomnia in early pregnancy symptoms include an inability to sleep at any time of the day or night. Ultimately, the lack of sleep will take its toll on your body and you will begin to feel tired during the early stages of the day, but you will not be able to get enough rest during the night.

Insomnia during early pregnancy can cause a number of health complications for both mother and child. The fact that the body does not get the rest required will lead to fatigue and subsequently, feelings of irritability and depression, which are equally bad for the development of the fetus within the womb. There are occasions where expectant mothers have asked for sedatives to be administered so that they are able to fall asleep. However, the use of medically assisted sleep is not advisable because it will have an effect on the baby as well. Try regulating your daily routine so that your body clock adjusts itself to overcome any sleep disorder that you are experiencing. Consuming your meals on time and ensuring that you get in a little light exercise on a daily basis will be beneficial in overcoming any symptom of insomnia during early pregnancy. If you continue to face difficulty with sleep during the early stages of your pregnancy, it is advisable that you seek medical assistance from the doctor who is looking after your pregnancy. Remember that you need to give your body enough rest during the early stages so that you will be able to cope with the physical stress of childbirth.

Submitted by N on May 26, 2011 at 06:01

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