Sleep can be elusive in pregnancy, no matter how exhausted you are! Whether it’s the racing mind of early pregnancy, the urinary frequency of mid-pregnancy or the physical discomfort of late pregnancy, there are 101 ways to not sleep during your 266 (ish) nights of pregnancy.
Natural sleeping aids are plentiful, but as with any natural remedy, ensuring it is safe and appropriate for your stage of pregnancy is essential. Don’t skimp on sleep! It is essential for the growth of your baby and for your own health and wellbeing, and with so many options available, there is simply no need to go without.
The racing mind
Early pregnancy can find a woman’s mind overcome with questions and possibilities and imaginings and hopes and fears and excitement and all the normal extensions of the mind as her being stretches and grows to accommodate the changes that are happening.
- Bach Flower Remedies are perfect in this case, with White Chestnut for unwanted persistent thoughts, Aspen for anxieties, Walnut for major life changes, and Vervain for excessive mental energy. Click here for a personalised Bach Flower Remedy.
- Qbaby Sleepytime Drops are an easy-peasy tasty remedy that is very safe and effective even in early pregnancy.
The stressed sleeper
Stress is the Enemy of Sleep, we all know this, and it is especially true in pregnancy. At any stage of pregnancy, if you are under stress, your stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, will play havoc with your ability to get to sleep and your ability to stay asleep.
Using appropriate herbal adrenal support remedies such as Withania and taking adequate levels of B vitamins will help reduce stress levels and induce calmness, supporting good sleeps.
Click here to contact us, and the medical herbalist at Qbaby can make up a personalised formula just for you, right now.
The full bladder
Ah yes, the full bladder. Remember not to drink too much before bed, and take your tissue-strengthening herbs such as oatsraw & rosehip teas.
The Beached Whale
Cramps, Pains, Twitches, Spasms and general discomfort: In the late stages of pregnancy, the sheer size of you makes it difficult to sleep. You have to find new positions, you can get comfy, it’s a tricky one. But the more relaxed you are, the better, and the more likely it is that you will be able to drift off eventually.
Magnesium and Calcium are both necessary for muscle relaxation, and in the third trimester your baby’s little skeleton is growing at a great rate of knots, using up extra calcium and magnesium to do so. Who misses out? You Do!!
Replenish with Magnesium supplementation, but be sure it is an appropriate form of magnesium (eg. NOT magnesium oxide thank you very much). Pregnant or not pregnant, deficient magnesium can lead to sleeping problems, and also to twitches, cramps and spasms. Ask us about these remedies:
The Shift-Worker and The Insomniac
Tart Cherry Juice is the answer for chronic insomniacs and those who are on shift-work. In both instances, melatonin (the sleep hormone) production is disrupted, and Tart Cherry is a natural source of melatonin, helping to restore deep sleeps and circadian rhythms. Tru2U Tart Cherry Juice is safe and effective during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Tru2U Tart Cherry Juice
For anyone who can’t sleep, has a broken sleep, a bad sleep, a restless sleep, or no sleep at all, here is the bestest, yummiest, naturalest, easiest sleep support ever.
Tru2U Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate is produced from 100% Pure Canadian Montmorency Tart Cherries which have significant levels of natural melatonin, the ‘sleep hormone’. In a healthy sleeper, melatonin is produced to get us to sleep and keep us deeply asleep. In a bad sleeper, the melatonin is not adequately produced, as it reaches its maximum production about three hours after going to sleep. The more we wake during the night, the less we are able to produce, creating the bad sleep cycle that so many people find themsleves in.
Tart Cherry Juice is taken an hour before bedtime, and is suitable, and palatable, for all ages. It can take a little while to kick in (10 days or so), but we have seen excellent results. Deeper, better, more refreshing sleeps are reported after only a few days, even in chronic long-term insomniacs.
We often get asked if any cherry juice will do the same trick; the answer is no! Only these specific cherries have the high levels of melatonin. Other cherry juices might sort out your gout, increase your antioxidant levels, and taste good, but it’s only the Tru2U brand that will do all that AND sort out your sleep too!
Talk to our naturopaths about improving your sleep patterns.