Sleep and the New Mom: How sleep might change in the next 9 months

Sleep and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Sleep

New mothers have so much to anticipate beyond sleep and pregnancy, with so much of the unknown so difficult to predict.

How will I feel over the next nine months?

Is it a boy or a girl?

Will I have morning sickness?

What will labor and delivery be like? 

Have I picked out the right things for the nursery?

One way we can help new moms take some of the mystery out of their pregnancy is to shine the spotlight on some of the ways in which sleep may change during the course of pregnancy.

While each trimester has its own share of specific challenges when it comes to sleep, it’s best for expectant mothers to prepare for some realities to occur throughout their pregnancy:

  • Your bottomless appetite or your endless waves of morning sickness can interfere with your sleep, as can the types of foods you eat and the time that you eat them.
  • It’s pretty likely you will snore at some point during your pregnancy due to nasal congestion, or you may breathe through your mouth; if your bed partner notices pauses in your breathing and witnesses you gasping, it could be sleep apnea.
  • All those stories about getting up all night to use the bathroom exist for a reason.
  • If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or experience vivid dreams, it could be for any number of reasons, though anxiety, untreated sleep apnea and hormone surges explain most of these concerns.
  • Be prepared for discomfort in your legs at bedtime and don’t be surprised if leg cramps awaken you in the middle of the night.

If you are pregnant and struggling to get adequate sleep, or have other concerns related to sleep and pregnancy, please reach out to us at our Sleeptember forum, where members and sleep specialists can help guide you through the changes that pregnancy brings to sleep. We can offer support and help to get you through these challenging times.