Sleep, we know we need it but it eludes many of us. When we are pregnant we need it more than ever, but why?
Poor sleep can adversely affect your health and pregnancy wellbeing resulting in conditions such as hypertension, gestational diabetes and headaches.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so tired during your first trimester, nothing much is happening after all right? Wrong!
The placenta is forming and so your body is having to work extra hard to make it and more blood so your heart is pumping faster. Also, especially during the first 3 months there is an increased secretion of progesterone which causes fatigue.
Being pregnant is stressful in its self, you’re worried about making all the right choices for your baby, as we have already established your body is working harder and this is why sleep is so important.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as well as other studies have found that those who slept 6hrs or less during the last trimester had a longer labour and higher rates of a cesaerian section.
Sleep also plays a critical role in the health of your immune system and that of your baby when they’re born too. So now you see the importance of sleep during pregnancy and that means the whole of your pregnancy from the minute you find out until your baby arrives, enjoy a good night’s sleep!
My Thin Blue Line, First Trimester Blend by Base Formula has been specifically blended to encourage a good bedtime routine and night’s sleep and can be used throughout pregnancy!