Poor Sleep Habits Linked To Preterm Birth

If you're pregnant, a lack of sufficient zzzzzzzz's may be causing your baby (and you) harm. According to Michele L. Okun, PhD,...
If you're pregnant, a lack of sufficient zzzzzzzz's may be causing your baby (and you) harm. According to Michele L. Okun, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and her colleagues in the November 1 issue of Sleep, poor sleep quality, in both early and late pregnancy, is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. better pregnancy sleep, healthy pregnancy, pregnancy concerns, pregnancy problem, Pregnancy sleep, stillbirth The researchers note that while they can prove that a lack of sleep is linked to preterm labor and birth, they aren't sure why. They guess that poor quality sleep may be an independent factor causing preterm birth and that a lack of sleep is often connected to other factors linked to preterm birth, such as increased stress. This isn't the first time, poor sleep habits have been linked to troubled pregnancies. Past research shows that how you sleep, along with how well you sleep is associated with stillbirth, maternal hypertension and intrauterine growth retardation, preeclampsia and an increased risk for longer labor and cesarean births. After giving birth, a lack of sleep is associated with a harder time loosing the baby weight. Not to mention, less sleep can wreak havoc on your immune system, and a sick mama is oh so less efficient. No doubt about it, all mamas, pregnant or otherwise need their sleep. In fact, research says pregnant mamas need a full nine hours of sleep. Of course, that's easier said than done. Especially when you're not that comfortable in general due to your growing belly, your legs may hurt, you may be way too hot and then there's all those nighttime bathroom trips. If the above issues are making it hard to sleep, check out the following helpful tips: Photo ©ugaldew via sxc.

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