Fetal Growth & Insomnia Combined With Obesity/Respiratory Problems

Pregnancy Insomnia

Pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life in which many health changes occur. One of the most common is usually the presence of insomnia, regardless of the trimester of pregnancy.

Insomnia can lead to other problems that affect the quality of life of the pregnant woman and the fetus. This article explains effect of insomnia on the fetus, its impact on mother and fetus.

Damage to the fetus?

There is no scientific research that directly links the occurrence of insomnia in pregnant women with direct damage to the fetus.

However, there is a group of patients in which maternal and fetal complications may occur. These are patients who, in addition to the lack of sleep, suffer respiratory complications during sleep. Within this group, there are also those who suffer from obesity, since insomnia can cause difficulties in terms of extreme daytime tiredness, which does affect the fetus directly.

The Myths

It is a myth that if you do not sleep during pregnancy, this lack of sleep is transferred to the fetus. In fact, inside the womb the baby sleeps most of the time, just as newborns do.

However, another widespread belief is true: it is the transfer of insomnia after childbirth. These consequences in child are because of the responsibilities that the mother has with the baby, which may not be satisfied by the presence of insomnia.

How to avoid insomnia during pregnancy?

Experts recommend pregnant women to follow a series of guidelines to fall asleep. In this regard, it is essential to use the bed only for sleeping, discarding other uses, mainly activities that involve you being awake. Thus, listening to music, eating or watching television are ruled out.

Similarly, it is important to set clear times for going to bed and getting up, so that while pregnant you maintain a consistent routine. As a third tip, many recommend relaxing activities before bedtime, such as taking a bath or shower, watching a movie lying on the couch or listening to slow music.


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