Lack of Sleep in Pregnant Women can Cause Preeclampsia
Although insomnia in pregnant women is classified as normal, but it should not be allowed to become a habit. Because pregnant women who sleeps less are at risk of developing pre-eclampsia which is a complications from hypertension.
Pregnant women who sleeps less than six hours at night in the first tri semester of pregnancy haves ystolic blood pressure of 4 mm / Hg higher than women who slept more than 7 hours. Lack of sleep also causes pre-eclampsia risk nine times higher.
“In general, pregnant women need to sleep 7-9 hours every day. Lack of sleep can have an impact on her health,” said Michelle Williams, researcher from the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, USA.
The research includes 1,272 pregnant women between 2003-2006. All respondents reported their lifestyle, including sleep patterns.
From the research, it is known that sleep duration did not have much effect on condition of pregnancy in the first and second tri semeseter. However, in the last tri semester, blood pressure increase of about 3.72 mm / Hg higher in pregnant women who slept more than 6 hours each night.
High blood pressure in pregnant women should be taken seriously because it is a symptom of preeclampsia. Besides hypertension, other typical symptoms of preeclampsia include swelling of the limbs and the presence of protein in urine. Preeclampsia can not be taken lightly because it is the second largest cause of death in pregnancy.