Q: I was sleeping all the time until I become 5 to 6 months pregnant.  I work at night and now I find it difficult to sleep during the day. What can I do to sleep?

A: Sleep during pregnancy can be tough at any point in time.  There are several reasons behind this: it's hard to get comfortable and stay comfortable, you have to get up to go to the bathroom all the time, you suffer from heartburn and anxiety when lying down, and you are unable to fall asleep because of racing thoughts about the baby, the pregnancy, and what lies ahead.  All of these issues can turn your evening's rest into a real nightmare. However, there are a few things you can do to get a bit of rest.

1) Buy a body pillow.

2) Sleep with your head slightly elevated, particularly if you are suffering from heartburn.

3) Take a relaxing bath before bed.

4) Have your partner give you a massage before bed.

5) Exercise during the day (this always helps improve sleep, pregnant or not).  However, exercise at night before bed can disrupt sleep.

6) If all else fails, talk to your practitioner about using a safe medication like Benadryl, Unisom, or, in severe cases, Ambien.

Answered by Dr. Michele Hakakha



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