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Pregnancy Insomnia - Not Sleeping Well in Pregnancy

By March 2, 2009

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Pregnancy insomnia is one of the symptoms of pregnancy that I often forget about until it strikes. I actually got both types, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Though in my last pregnancy, the staying asleep issue is difficult. I know that if I would wake up to go to the bathroom around 3 a.m. - I was usually up for the night. (Or would that be day?) Either way it can be annoying.

I've personally found what works for me is to get up. My mind is racing. Sometimes a warm bath and book can get me back to sleep within thirty minutes, or sometimes, like this morning, I'll just do a bit of work, like writing an article on insomnia tips in pregnancy.

There are plenty of things that can prevent you from sleeping well in pregnancy (the baby moving, needing to go to the bathroom all night, physical aches, etc.). The key is going to be how you choose to deal with the sleeplessness. I've found it nearly worthless to get upset or angry about it. So enjoy a few tips on what has worked for myself and other pregnant women. Do you have an insomnia tip? Feel free to add it to the collection.

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March 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(1) Jill says:

I have had friends swear by eating a serving of protein and fat right before bedtime. I had awful insomnia and acupuncture/Chinese herbs were the only thing that helped, especially in my third trimester. My acupuncturist is also a midwife, so it was perfect.

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