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Pregnant? Can’t Sleep?

If you’re pregnant, there’s a better than average chance you’ll have trouble sleeping at some point. The National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 research project found that 78% of pregnant women experience some sort of sleep issue. And if you’re reading this blog entry in the middle of the night, that sleeplessness might be happening right now.

It’s normal. Your body is going through incredible hormonal changes, and you might be battling heart burn, nausea, and a constant need to pee.

You’re not alone. Plus, each trimester of your pregnancy brings with it different and unique problems. Luckily, by adjusting your sleep positions slightly, managing when and how much water you drink, or adding a nap to your day, you might be able to get more sleep.

Of course, if you have more severe sleep issues, please schedule and appointment with us. Something like Sleep Apnea can happen during pregnancy and we’ll help you determine if treatment will help.

If counting sheep isn’t working, here are some great tips on getting better sleep.

First Trimester Pregnancy Sleep; Disturbances You Can Count On (BabyCenter.com)

Sleep Problems in Pregnancy (WebMD)

Pregnancy and Sleep (SleepFoundation.org)

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Eat Healthy During Pregnancy and Control Cravings

Pregnancy cravings aren’t just about wanting that big bowl of chocolate ice cream topped with dill pickles (which, for the record, we’ve never heard anyone actually wanting). The “cravings” are about that extra trip (or two) to the vending machine. The impulse to pick up something at the check-out because it sounds and looks sooooo good.

But these pregnancy cravings can be managed and controlled quite simply. A “craving” is nothing more than your body screaming at you for a little more protein, or a few good carbohydrates. Not many extra calories are needed, but eating the right things will go along way to providing you more energy and controlling cravings.

Yummmm. The nachos look amazing.

Healthy Snacks for Moms To Be (Parenting.com)

8 Healthy Snacks for Expectant Moms (CorePerformance.com)

10 Fast Foods a Pregnant Woman Could Love (And Five to Avoid) (BabyCenter.com)

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Walking is the Perfect Pregnancy Exercise

Walking is the Perfect Exercise During PregnancyOne of the most important things you can do during your pregnancy is exercise. If you’ve been online lately, or strolled through your local bookstore, there’s no shortage of Pilate, yoga, dance, or other trendy workouts to consider. We’re not going to say any of them are bad or good, but if you haven’t mastered yoga before pregnancy, and if Pilates was never your cup of tea, don’t forget good old fashioned walking.

It’s June and maybe (hopefully) Michigan weather will stay above 50 degrees for a while and you can get outside and walk, enjoy the fresh air, and get that much needed exercise. You owe it to yourself.

We’ve found a few articles on things to consider, tips, and fun ideas to make your exercise more enjoyable. Read them on the treadmill. Go for a walk.

Benefits of Walking: Dos and Don’ts for Pregnant Walkers (Parents.com)

7 Great Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy (babycenter.com)

Walking in Pregnancy (getwalking.org)

Have a great week.

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805