Why Sleep Matters in Experiencing a Healthy Pregnancy

Over 45% of Americans report being sleep deprived. Getting through your day after a restless night can be difficult. Having a child can be a rewarding and stressful experience. In most cases, a woman’s sleep schedule will change drastically during their pregnancy.

Keeping yourself and your child healthy during pregnancy will require the right amount of nightly rest. If you start to experience sleep problems during your pregnancy, you have to figure out why. With the help of a medical professional, you can figure out how to get your sleep schedule back on track. Below are some reasons why sleep matters in experiencing a healthy pregnancy.

The Risk of Preeclampsia

A woman’s body changes considerably when they get pregnant. If you are actively trying to get pregnant, you need to iron out any health issues you may have. Women who already have problems with things like snoring or insomnia have to address these problems. Generally, untreated sleep problems get progressively worse as a woman’s pregnancy progresses.

A recent study found that women who experienced fragmented sleep or sleep apnea before getting pregnant were at a higher risk of developing preeclampsia. This condition leads to a pregnant woman’s blood pressure rising to dangerous levels. Rather than allowing your sleep problems to lead to pregnancy complications, you have to address them immediately.

In some instances, something as simple as a new mattress can remedy the sleep problems you experience. 

Producing Progesterone is Important

During your pregnancy, a number of new hormones will be produced. One of these hormones is Progesterone. This hormone helps you to remain fertile before pregnancy and healthy while you are carrying your child. There are a number of problems that can lead to a lack of Progesterone. In a recent study, scientists discovered that women who had very little to no REM sleep at night stop producing this important hormone.

If you feel like you are in a daze all day, then it is time to do something about it. Once you bring a new baby home, you have to develop and maintain a sleep schedule. When sleep complications arise, you have to handle them immediately. That could mean seeking the help of a medical professional, buying a new mattress or headphones whatever it takes so you can get the rest your body needs during pregnancy.

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Keeping Your Sleep On Track With a New Baby

Not only do you need good rest while pregnant, you need to maintain this healthy sleep schedule once you bring the baby home. Accomplishing this goal can be very difficult. However, you have to get your child on a sleep routine and stick to it. By doing this, you can eliminate sleep problems in no time. The longer you wait to address your sleep issues, the more your health will suffer. This is why involving a medical professional immediately is so important. 

How Modamily Can Help

Modamily provides a network where members can meet other like-minded people who dream of starting a family. So if you are considering having a baby but are not sure where to start then try checking out some of the resources on the Modamily blog that tackle various relationship and baby related topics. Resources like the information in this article, can help you get out in front of any problems or questions that may come up during your pregnancy. 

There are many ways to become a parent, and what Modamily does is help our members find someone that wants to raise a child in a similar fashion as they do. We connect and educate people who are looking to start a family in any arrangement that works best for them, whether it be a romantic relationship, a platonic co-parent, or a known donor. To learn more click here.