It is critical that everyone gets enough sleep under normal circumstances, but pregnancy brings a few challenges when trying to catch a few zzz’s. Cathrine Versfeld provides great tips for successful sleep during every stage of pregnancy.
So many things happen in pregnancy that nobody ever thinks to warn you about. Apart from the strange cramps, aches and pains, sleep deprivation is a very real thing. There are those who theorise that these strange new sleep rhythms in pregnancy have evolved to help prepare women for when the baby arrives. Whatever the anthropological reasons might be, sleep is the one thing a woman needs most when she is pregnant.
In the first three months of pregnancy, your body goes through an astonishing amount of changes. Your blood supply almost doubles, as an excess or new hormones surge through your system. This is the time when your baby is drawing a large amount of oxygen, essential minerals and food from your body. The growth rate is so phenomenal, many women report feeling tired all the time before they even find out they’re pregnant.
For working women, the fatigue can be overwhelming. It is not uncommon to feel absolutely drained by 6pm. Although you won’t see much of a difference in your physical appearance yet, your breasts may also enlarge at this stage and become tender. The best thing to do in these first, precious 12 weeks is to go to bed as early as possible. In fact, the more hours you can sleep before midnight, the better you will manage the day.