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How lack of sleep affects pregnancy

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Being pregnant can be a difficult experience. It's a time of immense change in the body and pregnant mothers typically want to make proper health choices to provide their unborn child to ensure proper growth and development.

Extreme tiredness is one of the first symptoms you may feel when you become pregnant which will enable you to resist the need to sleep. However, as your pregnancy progresses the growth of the baby can put your body in a lot of pain and discomfort which can cause a lack of sleep. Even if you have never had trouble sleeping before, you may find sleeping during your pregnancy period difficult.

Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on one's health, and it's especially dangerous for pregnant women.

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Here is how lack of sleep affects the fetus

The developing fetus needs a steady supply of nutrients, including oxygen, is required for the developing fetus. Inadequate sleep can lower the amount of growth hormone released causing developmental and growth difficulties in the unborn infant which might lead to birth defects.

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Here is how lack of sleep affects the mother

When a pregnant woman is not getting enough sleep during pregnancy her blood level tends to rise which increases the risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and sometimes hypertension. If these illnesses are not properly managed, it can increase the risk of preterm labor.

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