During pregnancy, expectant mothers experience sleep problems for many different reasons such as changing hormone balance, stress, excitement, and increased abdominal volume. These problems can cause serious harm to the baby as well as disturbing the expectant mother. Yataş Sleep Board Specialist Neurologist Prof. Dr. Hakan Kaynak says that it is possible to solve the sleep problems experienced during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, 80 percent of women experience different sleep problems, different in each trimester. Yataş Sleep Board Expert Neurologist Prof. Dr. Hakan Kaynak said, “On the one hand, the expectant mother has daytime sleepiness due to the rise of the progesterone hormone; At night, they experience problems of not being able to sleep due to stress, anxiety and excitement. This causes the daytime sleepiness to become even more pronounced.” Stating that the second trimester of pregnancy is a relatively comfortable period in terms of sleep, Prof. Dr. The source points out that there have been a lot of sleep problems in the last three months. prof. Dr. The source underlines that the worries and stress brought by the approaching of the baby's birth in this period cause difficulty in falling asleep, but the most intense problem is due to the increased abdominal volume. Reminding that the woman had difficulty in finding a comfortable sleeping position with the increasing abdominal volume, Prof. Dr. The source says that the most correct and comfortable sleeping position is to lie on your side.
Sleep apnea seen in the expectant mother also affects the baby
In the last trimester of pregnancy, 15-40% of women snore. It is known that some women who snore have pauses in breathing during sleep and an increase in respiratory effort. However, it is not known exactly how often sleep apnea is seen in this period. Explaining that women with sleep apnea have difficulty falling asleep, increase in sleep duration and daytime sleepiness, Yataş Sleep Board Specialist Prof. Dr. The source underlines that this situation not only harms the pregnant woman, but also affects the birth week, weight and development of the baby.
Restless legs syndrome occurs due to anemia and iron deficiency
Restless legs syndrome is one of the most important sleep problems seen in pregnancy. The incidence of restless legs syndrome, which is defined as the inability to move the legs, usually in the evening hours, while sitting or lying down, increases by 20% in the last three months of pregnancy. This situation increases the distress of the pregnant woman who cannot sleep for many reasons. Stating that pregnant women cannot fall asleep due to restless legs syndrome, they cannot stay still in bed. Dr. The source said, “When the expectant mother falls asleep, periodic movements in the legs continue and prevent the sleep from being restful. Frequent awakenings occur at night. Some of these awakenings are also caused by leg cramps. Restless legs syndrome in pregnancy is often linked to anemia and iron deficiency. It is mostly corrected when this deficiency is corrected.”