Tricks for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep While Pregnant

Get some shuteye before the baby comes.


Having trouble sleeping lately now that you’re pregnant? You’re not alone. The likely culprit: Your hormones. And if you’ve had sleep issues prior to pregnancy, then your surging hormones might be making a difficult situation even worse. .

The good news is, it won’t last forever. But in the meantime, here are some tips for making it easier:

• Take a warm bath or shower before bed

• Try meditation and/or yoga breathing

• Drink chamomile tea

• Eat half a banana and/or cereal and milk (these have natural tryptophans)

Call your health care provider and ask them for some ideas (both over-the-counter and prescription) to help. You can start with over-the-counter remedies, and if they don’t work, consider a prescription once in a while.

Meanwhile, try squeezing in as many naps as you can, because you’re probably in a vicious cycle and are overtired. Pregnancy takes a lot of energy can exhaust you, so listen to your body and rest whenever you can.

AUTHOR BIO: Barbara Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, award winning author, and a nationally recognized health expert. She holds a BS from Boston College and earned master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco. She has over 20 years of experience listening to and caring for women, and has helped countless women and couples navigate their way through pregnancy and the transition to parenthood. She has also frequently lectured at Stanford and acted as a health expert for iVillage.