Two out of three pregnant women suffer from insomnia in the third trimester

The pregnancy It is a very important stage that alters the day to day of the woman in many ways. Not only because within it a life that needs to be looked after and monitored is gestating in order to ensure good development, also because the changes experienced by future mothers make their routines vary. Something that requires greater attention to your health.

A good example is the fact that two out of three pregnant suffer insomnia in the third trimester. A conclusion reached by the University of Granada, UGR, in one of its latest research. A situation that should serve so that future mothers take note of this warning and can prevent it, ensuring their sleep hygiene during the entire gestation process.


Changes in pregnancy

The study carried out by the UGR, with the collaboration of the Jaen University and the Andalusian Health System, brought together a total of 486 pregnant women from different provinces of this community. After analyzing their situation and carrying out a questionnaire about their sleep quality, the results showed that 64% of the future mothers indicated that they suffered from insomnia in their third trimester of pregnancy.

In addition, this research highlights that insomnia is not an exclusive problem of the third trimester of pregnancy. In the first of gestation and the 44% of the women indicated suffering from these dream problems, a percentage that grew up to 46% in the second and 64% in the final stretch.


"Although it is well known that during pregnancy the problems of previous sleep are aggravated and with new frequency there are new problems, there is a tendency to assume the difficulty to reconcile and maintain a good night's sleep as a phenomenon of pregnancy that must be suffered with it ", Explain María del Carmen Amezcua Prieto, one of the authors of this investigation.

In this way, UGR explains that although it is a common problem, it should not be assumed as inevitable among pregnant women. Insomnia is an important factor in risk that can trigger hypertension and preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, depression, premature birth and unplanned cesareans.

The origin of insomnia in pregnant women

The UGR study has also focused on trying to find the Explanation of insomnia in pregnancy. The main origin is the presence of sleep problems prior to pregnancy, a problem that is prolonged and that is intensified by pain and nocturnal nausea in this process prior to delivery.


"The main one is the previous insomnia, a fact that, obvious as it may be, is fundamental in prevention, and points out the need to know the presence or not of insomnia of the pregnant women before their pregnancy and during each one of the phases of the same ", warns the professor of the UGR Aurora Bueno Cavanillas.

In this sense, he recommends maintaining a physical activity moderate or intense during pregnancy protects against gestational insomnia, "which is another reason to promote physical activity among pregnant women," concludes Bueno Cabanillas.

Damián Montero

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