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The 7 Most Important Reasons to Sleep During Pregnancy


Pregnancy can be a very difficult and trying time on a woman’s body for a variety of reasons. The hormones are out of whack, and the increasing size and weight can be very uncomfortable and painful to the back and spine, but most importantly - pregnancy is difficult because a woman is growing another human inside of her.

And while 6-9 hours of sleep is what is necessary in regular life (depending on your age range), pregnant women should get even more rest to nurture the body growing inside of them.
Here are the 7 most important reasons to sleep during your pregnancy:

1. Sleep is when your mind resets and your focus becomes clear.

When you sleep, it’s a time for your brain to get rid of all of the toxins that have built up throughout the day, byproducts of all of the difficult mental processes you have going on regularly.

There’s a reason you get sleepier and sleepier the longer you go without sleep, because the toxins cause you to feel drowsy and out of it. Eventually, you can’t resist closing your eyes and your brain begins to get rid of the toxins that have added up to the point of insanity. By staying up for longer and longer and not sleeping a necessary amount

2. Sleeping is when certain hormones are replenished and others are blocked.

Sleep is when growth hormones, prolactin, luteinizing hormones, and other beneficial hormones are secreted. This fact is even truer for pregnant women who have hormones that are in overdrive.

Additionally, some other hormones see their secretion inhibited during sleep, like thyroid stimulating hormone, and cortisol, according to SleepFoundation.org. Without the proper amount of sleep, bad hormones can build up, which can be dangerous for mom and baby.

3. Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Lead to Complications at Birth

Your primary goal as a mother is to make sure your child is always healthy and safe, and the last thing you would want is to find out that something you did led to your child being harmed in some way.

By not getting enough sleep during pregnancy, according to Psychology Today, your baby could be born pre-term or at low-birth weight, both pretty dangerous factors which could open baby up to a variety of other risk factors and diseases.

4. By resting extra now you’ll be more prepared when baby arrives

Let’s face it, when baby is born, sleepless nights will be a thing. For the first several months you’ll have to fool with midnight feedings, swaddling, baby monitors, and general fussiness - not to mention abandonment issues. And that’s going to start all over again with baby starts teething.

Even though you’re probably uncomfortable now it’s still better because baby is safely inside of you, so take advantage while you can and get that sleep while you don’t have to worry about what baby is doing inside a separate nursery. If you have a hard time falling to sleep, you should invest in an amazing pregnancy pillow. (Reviewed here).

5. Sleep can be relaxing and ease the stress of the baby’s impending arrival.

We all know that the act of falling asleep can be in itself a relaxing experience. We’re allowed to let our cares go and drift off slowly and peacefully, waking up to a beautiful day the next morning.

Although the case is not always that perfect, it’s true that without the proper amount of sleep our stress levels can go through the roof, and you’re already nervous enough about packing your go bag and if you’ll be able to nurse.

6. Sleep is important to keep your immune system functioning properly.
A lack of sleep not only makes us more stressed, hormonal, and anxious -- but it also can contribute to us actually becoming sick as well. According to WebMD, a lack of sleep can make us more prone to catching colds and the flu, including the H1N1 virus. It basically limits our immune system so that our body is unable to fight off oncoming infections.

This is an even more perilous situation when you have another human inside of you who hasn’t developed an immune system yet.

7. Sleeping more can make your labor easier.

According to recent studies reported by Live Science, women with less sleep during their pregnancy ended up with an increased rate of C-section (4.5 times higher than women who had more than 6 hours of sleep nightly).

Additionally, women who had less sleep and still had natural childbirths had way longer labor and delivery rates (10 hours compared to 7) than their counterparts who were well rested.

There’s a reason people say you are eating and sleeping for two when you’re pregnant. It’s doubly important to make sure you’re well rested so that life is easier down the line for both you and your baby. For more mommy tips, visit http://www.ohsoamelia.com/.

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