Help for breathlessness, and why your baby kicks at night
To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has
increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing
up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may
try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.
You may have increasing lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances.
Both hormonal and other factors may be contributing to this discomfort:
Hormones make your ligaments more lax, your abdominal muscles
are stretched, your growing uterus may put pressure on some nerves,
and the extra weight you’re carrying up front changes your posture
and further strains your back. You might feel some pain in your buttocks
and thighs as well.
Why does my baby always kick at night?
Many moms-to-be report that
their babies seem more active at night, but why this is, nobody knows.
The traditional explanation has been that pregnant women are more
likely to notice movement when they’re still and quiet.
But at least one study has found a different answer:
Researchers in Canada monitored pregnant women on bed rest and
determined that their babies were most active late at night
even when their mothers spent 24 hours a day lying flat.
One possible explanation for this is that babies like to move,
and when you’re sleeping, your baby has more incentive to move
on her own, according to Dr. Mark Taslimi, a professor of obstetrics
and gynecology at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California.