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Can Sleep Affect Conception

When you’re trying to conceive, the recommendations for boosting your fertility can seem endless: Take this vitamin, cut back on caffeine, exercise more, exercise less, etc. But advice on how much sleep is needed to increase your chance of getting pregnant is rarely mentioned. That’s mostly due to the fact that the connection is still vague, but as more and more research is done on the subject, it’s an area that’s worth discussing with your doctor if you’re planning to have a baby. Discover what you need to know, below. Don’t Sleep In. Women undergoing IVF who scored seven to eight hours of sleep a night were 25 percent more likely to become…

How to Deal With Pregnancy Insomnia

Some people like to quip that insomnia during pregnancy trains your body for the sleep deprivation that occurs once you have a baby who cries and needs to be fed during the night. Whether that’s true or not, it doesn’t make the tossing and turning any less miserable. Insomnia during pregnancy can crop up for many reasons: hormonal changes, heartburn, frequent urination, anxiety about giving birth, or even just not being able to find a comfortable position. These are some key ways to get the zzz’s that you need.What’s Keeping You Up: Baby WorriesTry this: Set the stage for sleep. It’s natural to feel nervous about the major way your life is going…

Do You Need to Buy a Special Pillow for Pregnancy?

When you’re pregnant, it can be tough to get solid sleep for a number of reasons. One major cause of restlessness: As the baby grows—and as you grow—it may get harder to find a comfortable position at night. Could a specialized pregnancy pillow swoop in and save the day (or rather, night)? The answer: maybe. For stomach-sleepers, the bedtime battles can start as early as the first trimester, when sore breasts can make your usual sleeping position uncomfortable. By the second trimester, if you’re still sleeping on your back, it’s time to shift, since the weight of your expanding midsection can compromise your circulation. And by the third trimester, even if you…

What to Know About Hormones & Sleep

  How your age will impact your sleep As women age, many aspects of their bodies will change, and those changes can affect how they sleep and how much sleep they need. Read on to learn how to handle all the hormonal swings that life will throw at you. Puberty A teen girl’s changing hormones cause a shift in her sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. This means that during this age range, she is naturally wired stay up later at night, get up later in the morning and need more total hours of sleep (about night hours a night). PMS The regular rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone during the week before a woman’s period sometimes disrupts…

Don’t Let Post-Partum Zombies Eat Your ZZZ's

  A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of new parenthood The past few months my house has been filled with zombies.  My three-year-old learned about zombies right around Halloween, and since then, as part of his bedtime routine, he has been inventing stories about them.  Zombies coughing. Zombies fighting. Zombies marching. Zombies fishing. And, of course, zombies eating brains. I’m not sure why zombies appeal to him so much. Maybe it’s because they shuffle around and grunt. Maybe it’s because they are clumsy and silly-looking. Or maybe it’s because after his little brother arrived in late October, his mom turned into one. My adorable newborn boy needs to eat every two to three hours, and as…

Sleep During Your First Trimester

The secrets to sleeping well with your growing baby bump Thanks to your changing body and raging hormones, your sleep patterns may feel out of whack in early pregnancy. You may feel sleepy during the day and have trouble getting comfortable or sleeping well at night. Don’t despair. You can take some easy steps to reclaim sound slumber during the first trimester. Opt for Daytime Napping During the first months of pregnancy, high levels of progesterone will put you in the mood to snooze during the day and disrupt your sleep at night. Your best bet is to sneak in a brief nap whenever you can to compensate for your less-than-sound slumber at night. Just try to…

Sleep During Your Second Trimester

How to deal with pregnancy changes so you can rest easy The second trimester is like the honeymoon phase of your pregnancy, where the morning sickness from the first trimester has (hopefully!) eased up, and you’re not as big or as uncomfortable as you will be during your third trimester. This makes it a great time to catch some zzz’s by practicing smart sleep hygiene habits‚  such as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, and starting a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down, such as listening to calming music.Below, find out what you need to know about sleep during your second trimester: Ease Your Aching Back. The…

How to Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Four secrets to getting better rest when you are pregnant People say that getting a good night’s sleep ends once you have kids, but if you’re expecting, you know that disruptions in your slumber actually kick off during pregnancy. In fact, almost 80 percent of women have trouble sleeping while pregnant. It’s likely that your bedtime issues will change slightly as you go through the first trimester, and then the second trimester, and, finally, the third trimester, but there are certain steps that you can take to minimize the tossing and turning.Video production in partnership with

How to Get Better Sleep as a New Mom

Hey, new moms—you really can sleep better, promise! Though it can be hard, as a new mom, it’s essential to get your zzz’s. That’s because sleep loss can put you at risk for many health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Plus, when you’re fully rested, you’ll have more energy to take care of yourself and your little bundle of joy! Although your former sleep hygiene routine may be a thing of the past, there are still some things that you can do to help ensure that you receive as much sleep as possible. Get Help Whether it comes from a sister, husband, best friend, or nanny, a little help with the night…

Sleep During Your Third Trimester

Get the best sleep possible at the end of your pregnancy You may have thought that trying to get enough sleep during your first trimester was rough, but, unfortunately, the third trimester is even tougher. The quality of your sleep is generally the worst in the third trimester, since that’s when you’re most likely to wake up frequently during the night and have fewer periods of deep sleep. But don’t worry, because there are some simple ways to get sounder slumber. Q: Why Can’t I Get Comfortable in Bed? A: Blame your belly: At this stage, it’s too large to let you lie down cozily. Make sleeping as pleasant as possible by lying on your…