Although there are some sleep aids for pregnancy that are considered safe or low-risk, there are some that are not recommended. There is limited research on the use of melatonin during pregnancy, but so far studies have found that it is likely safe to take. Most antihistamines are considered safe during pregnancy, and a CDC report found that most studies found no link between antihistamine use during pregnancy and birth defects. If you’re interested in taking melatonin, you should talk to your doctor for medical advice on whether it’s a good idea and what amount of melatonin you can safely take.
When combined with good sleep hygiene, treating pregnancy-related sleep disorders is the key to better sleep during pregnancy.
What can you take to help you sleep better during pregnancy?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, around 15 percent of pregnant women develop restless leg syndrome, an almost uncontrollable urge to move their legs, particularly in the evening in the last trimester of their pregnancy. Certain sleep disorders, such as restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea, are more common during pregnancy and can cause significant sleep disorders. Your body produces melatonin to control your circadian rhythm, which acts as your internal clock. No sleeping pills alone have ever worked for me, and I’ve tried many in the last 10 years.