In 1 to 3 months of pregnancy, the placenta (the organ that nourishes the fetus until birth) is formed, the body produces more blood, and the heart pumps faster. Pregnant women generally sleep longer than usual during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is because, during work and daily activities, the mother must also protect and care for the developing baby. But when pregnancy enters the second trimester, most pregnant women have trouble getting deep sleep.
Why do pregnant women have trouble sleeping deep?
Sleeping position is difficult.
The increasing size of the fetus makes it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. In addition, shifting in bed or changing the sleeping position becomes more difficult due to the bigger belly.
Breath becomes short.
Mothers will need more air due to hormonal and metabolic development of the body. On the other hand, breathing can be more difficult because the enlarging uterus needs more space, producing pressure on the diaphragm (the muscle below the lungs).
Increased frequency of urination.
Kidney pregnant women work harder along with increased body metabolism. As the fetus grows and the uterus gets larger, the pressure on the bladder increases. Both of these moms will cause more frequent to the toilet. The frequency will increase at night because the fetus is more active during this period.
Foot cramped and backed.
The extra burden that the mother carries can cause pain in the legs or back. During the pregnancy, the body also makes a hormone called relaxin. One effect of relaxin is making pregnant women less stable and more susceptible to injury, especially on their backs.
Feelings of Digestive Disorder.
Many pregnant women experience gastrointestinal pain, which is when the contents of the stomach back reflux into the esophagus. It can get worse later on as pregnancy gets bigger.
Psychological problems can also be a problem that disrupts the sleep of pregnant women. Strange dreams or nightmares make mothers usually wake up suddenly. Stress can also interfere with sleep. Perhaps the mother is worried about the baby’s health, anxiety about parenting skills, or feeling nervous about the delivery itself.