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Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy

      Objective

      To assess sleep patterns and prevalence of sleep disturbances during pregnancy.

      Design

      Cross-sectional design; prospective questionnaire.

      Setting

      Outpatient, private obstetric clinic.

      Participants

      127 consecutive patients, with women evaluated at one of four points in pregnancy, 8–12 weeks (n=37), 18–22 weeks (n=28), 25–28 weeks (n=24), and 35–38 weeks (n=38).

      Main Outcome Measure

      Questionnaire of sleep habits and sleep disturbances.

      Results

      A large percentage of the women experienced sleep disturbances during pregnancy, These problems included frequent night wakings, difficulty falling asleep, and symptoms of sleep apnea. Few differences in sleep patterns were found across pregnancy, although women were found to sleep more and nap more by the end of pregnancy.

      Conclusion

      Sleep disturbances are common during pregnancy, especially late in pregnancy.

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