Many pregnant people have difficulty sleeping even if this was not a problem before in their life. This can be for several reasons, such as:
- The baby is pushing on the bladder, causing you to get up several times during the night to empty your bladder.
- Discomfort due to your growing belly.
Using lots of pillows at night can help. Place one between your knees, one under your growing belly, one to support your back, and maybe one to hug.
If you are short of breath, sleeping semi reclined may help.
There are some herbs that are safe to take in pregnancy that may help as well, such as:
- Milky Oat tops
- Linden leaf and flower
- Passionflower aerials
- Scullcap aerials
- Hawthorn Berry
- You may find these in tincture form or as tea.
Is Melatonin Safe to Take During Pregnancy?
It is thought that doses of 1 to 3 mg are probably safe.
Interestingly, the placenta produces melatonin and this source of melatonin is thought to be important to a normal, healthy pregnancy.
There is some very interesting research going on with regard to melatonin and pregnancy. Most of this research comes from animal studies, where it has been shown that melatonin can reduce oxidative stress, acting as an oxidant and scavenging free radicals.
Animal studies also show that supplementation with melatonin decreases the risk of :
- Preterm birth
- Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)
Studies of melatonin in humans with IUGR and pre-eclampsia are now in their earliest phases. Preliminary studies also suggest that melatonin supplementation may have a beneficial effect on fertilization rates and embryo quality, likely due to a reduction in oxidative damage.