As your pregnancy is advancing to its end, you might expect a very difficult third trimester sleep. If you think your sleep in the first and second trimester was a nightmare, the third trimester will be worse. It is known that pregnant women in their third trimester get up more often in the middle of night and thus have bad sleep quality.
What Causes Third Trimester Sleep Problems?
The reason behind this is simple enough. It’s because your belly has grown too large for you to have a comfortable sleep position. If this is the case of your bad sleep, you can try wedging some pillows behind your back and between your legs as you sleep on the left side. If this doesn’t help, you can try sleeping on a comfortable recliner as this props the body up and may help to support your belly better.
Another reason behind waking up at unreasonable hours during your third trimester sleep is because the need to go to the toilet. As the baby in your womb gets bigger, it will give more pressure to your bladder which decreases your bladder capacity. This is why you go to the toilet more often in this pregnancy phase than in the previous two phases. What you can do if you are experiencing this is to lessen your water intake in the afternoon and before sleeping. Another way is to empty your bladder completely every time you go to the toilet. If you don’t know how to completely empty it, you can do it by leaning forward when you pee.
Besides those two reasons, your third trimester sleep problems might be caused by other reasons as well such as indigestion, snoring, leg cramps, and restless legs syndrome. It might be caused by your baby moving relentlessly in your belly as well. If these difficulties cause problems, you can consult medical professional on how to avoid them.