Pregnancy news, 28/09/2018
Pregnancy can be tiring work. Despite this, a study from Happy Beds of around 2000 expectant mums found that 9 out of 10 experienced broken sleep.
Data from the study also showed that over half of all mums-to-be cried because they were so tired. And 3 out of 4 struggled to get out of bed in the morning.
Lots of reasons were given for the sleep disruption, including the fear of giving birth, an uncomfortable mattress, and even worrying about not getting enough sleep.
Top 10 reasons pregnant women aren’t sleeping:
- Being unable to turn over when you want to
- The baby moving
- Being too hot
- The baby kicking
- Restless legs
- Sore hips
- Feeling sick
- Worrying if the baby will be healthy
- Partner snoring
Getting better sleep in pregnancy
Later in pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester more women report difficulty sleeping. Whether this is because of the physical changes that are going on or money worries, it can be very frustrating.
Try these tips to get more sleep in pregnancy.
And don’t forget to sleep on your side from 28 weeks’ pregnant. Watch this film to find out why:
A3 poster about two of the most important things for women to remember in the third trimester, monitoring fetal movements and going to sleep on your side.
We have received a huge amount of coverage for our #SleepOnSide campaign this week. These are some of the commonly asked questions about the research and the campaign, and our responses.
Nicola writes beautiful and uplifting posts about her experience of losing her first baby, Winter Wolfe, and parenting her second child, Raven Rain. Here she explains why she’s supporting Tommy’s Sleep On Side campaign.
Today we are highlighting our support for the worldwide initiative to raise awareness of pre-eclampsia and its global impact on the lives of mothers, babies and families.
The NHS has announced it is doubling funding to £40 million this year to improve maternity services and to ensure women have the same midwife through their pregnancy.
Catherine shares her experience of postpartum depression and being part of the BBC documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge’.
Tommy’s Midwifery Manager, Kate Pinney, praises tonight’s BBC documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge’ for highlighting the difficult issues for women experiencing and recovering from postpartum psychosis.