Pregnancy Insomnia

How to Fight Insomnia During Pregnancy

Chinese medicine aims to bring harmony to your entire system, helping to address the internal imbalances that cause sleep issues.

Internal Harmony for Quality Sleep

Sleep is important for overall health at all stages of life, which is why insomnia during pregnancy, a time when staying healthy is the top priority, can feel especially frustrating. The long list of changes happening to your body, from morning sickness to the growing weight of your baby, and the increased levels of stress can all make it difficult to get enough restorative sleep. We’ll help you find balance as you navigate internal changes so you can find that much-needed sleep.

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Our Holistic Approach to Helping You Sleep While Pregnant

Many women experience insomnia during early pregnancy and again later in the third trimester. Our holistic approach to treating insomnia addresses the root causes of sleep issues, such as nausea, back pain, leg cramps, and stress. Our natural remedies for insomnia ensure you experience a deeper level of harmony so you can once again enjoy rejuvenating rest.

Natural Remedies for Insomnia During Pregnancy

There are many natural remedies for insomnia that can be as simple as keeping up a good nighttime routine and eating slowly to avoid heartburn. Even a good body pillow could do the trick! While those are good external habits, Chinese medicine aims to bring harmony to your entire system, helping to address the internal imbalances that cause sleep issues. We’ll work with you and design a treatment plan so you can get back to catching those zzs.

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Acupuncture for Pregnancy Insomnia

Acupuncture is an effective treatment that restores balance to the yin and yang of the body and harmonizes hormones to improve sleep for increased energy. This therapy helps you to both fall asleep and stay asleep so you can get enough quality sleep. Additionally, acupuncture has a calming effect, reducing anxiety and stress that may be negatively impacting sleep.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the legs, ears, and wrists. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results after 4-6 weeks of weekly treatments.

Herbs for Insomnia During Pregnancy

Our clinic has a few herb formulas as an option for natural remedies for insomnia. This customized medicine works to improve sleep patterns and quality by balancing hormones and harmonizing the yin and yang energies within the body. Patients may also experience reduced stress and anxiety levels.

We will most likely first recommend acupuncture for treating insomnia during pregnancy. If Chinese herbs are deemed appropriate, it’s recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments to maximize the therapies’ effectiveness. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Insomnia During Pregnancy?

Insomnia during pregnancy is very common. During the first trimester, changes in hormones, nausea, or vomiting are some of the main reasons sleep may remain elusive. Insomnia may lessen during the second trimester, only to return again in the third trimester. Issues such as back pain, the need to urinate frequently, breast tenderness, leg cramps, baby activity, heartburn, and/or stress can all disrupt sleep.

Is Insomnia Normal During Pregnancy?

Yes, experiencing pregnancy insomnia is very common, especially in the first and third trimesters.

Is Insomnia a Sign of Pregnancy?

Suddenly experiencing insomnia may be a sign of pregnancy. At this stage, hormone changes or morning sickness are likely the causes of sleep disturbances.

When Does Pregnancy Insomnia Start?

Insomnia during early pregnancy is common and can start at any point.

When Does Pregnancy Insomnia End?

Pregnancy insomnia may lessen during the second trimester but may return during the third when the physical presence of the growing baby causes discomfort.

Can Pregnancy Cause Insomnia?

Yes, the many changes experienced during pregnancy can cause insomnia. It can be hard to fall asleep or stay asleep due to a number of factors, including hormone changes, nausea, pain, discomfort, or stress.

What Causes Insomnia in Pregnancy?

Pregnancy insomnia during the first trimester is likely due to hormone changes, nausea, and vomiting. Physical issues play a bigger role in sleep disturbances in the third trimester. The increased size of the baby and the changes occurring during this late stage of pregnancy can cause back pain, breast tenderness, heartburn, vivid dreams, leg cramps, the need to frequently urinate, and stress – all of which can affect sleep.

What Can I Do for Insomnia During Pregnancy?

There are a number of natural remedies for insomnia! Acupuncture is an effective treatment for insomnia and can help with falling asleep and staying asleep.

Other ways to help insomnia:

  • Create a sleep routine
  • Hydrate but not too late into the evening
  • Eat a healthy dinner slowly to reduce heartburn
  • Create a dark, cool environment for sleep
  • Exercise
  • Find relaxing activities
  • Use a meditation app or white noise machine to help fall asleep

Can Acupuncture Help With Sleep Problems  While Your Pregnant?

Yes, acupuncture can help insomnia by balancing hormones and restoring harmony to the yin and yang within the body. This therapy addresses the root causes of pregnancy insomnia so you can fall asleep and stay asleep. Treatments also help reduce stress and anxiety.

What Herbs Are Safe for Insomnia While Pregnant?

We have several herbs that we use for pregnancy support and treating pregnancy insomnia. We will recommend herbs only after a consultation.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

Get Started Today

Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.

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