Why Pregnant Women Often Difficult to Sleep?

Sleep disorders can be experienced by anyone, including pregnant women. Discomfort associated with abdominal bloating, frequent urination and stress, make pregnant women difficult to sleep well. In fact, enough sleep is very important during pregnancy.

An estimated 78 percent of women have trouble sleeping during pregnancy. The hormonal changes that cause discomfort to cause reduced hours of sleep. Increased progesterone make a pregnant woman more sleepy during the day, especially in the first trimester. Pregnant women who are obese are also often snore and frequently to the bathroom at night. This condition leads to reduced hours of sleep.

Pregnant women with obesity potentially have sleep apnea, a disorder stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. This disorder causes oxygen becomes less.

"Pregnant women with sleep apnea may experience preeclampsia, diabetes, giving birth preterm or low birth weight," says sleep expert doctor dr. Andreas Prasadja RPSGT of RS. Mitra Kemayoran. Andrew said pregnant women with sleep apnea usually also have hypertension.

Other disorders that cause reduced sleep time is not going quietly legs syndrome (restless leg syndrome / RLS). In a study of 600 pregnant women, 26 percent have the disorder. RLS is a discomfort in the legs that gets worse at night or one hour before bedtime.

Women with RLS usually eating a low folate or iron. Though both of these substances are essential for preparation before pregnancy. Both of these prenatal substance will reduce the symptoms of RLS during pregnancy. Folate is found in many cereals, grains, and breads. Consumption of vitamin C will help increase the absorption of folate.

For pregnant women with sleep apnea are advised to do Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), which is safe for pregnant women and fetuses. While pregnant with GERD or gastric acid disorders can consume drugs of this type of antacid.

"Pregnant women should get enough sleep, to ensure the oxygen intake and fetal growth hormone," says Andreas.

Ideally adults sleep for 7-8 hours, but for pregnant women can reach 10 hours. It depends on the age and stamina during pregnancy.

Getting enough sleep will ensure the health of the mother during pregnancy and provide enough energy during childbirth. Research conducted by the University of California at San Francisco found the fact that women who slept less than 6 hours per night have the possibility of a caesarean 4.5 times greater.