Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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Ask Dr Pam   

How much sleep should a pregnant woman get each night?

Less than seven hours of sleep is not enough during pregnancy. Sleep deprivation in pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of preterm labour, postpartum depression, and higher glucose tolerance test results. Lack of sleep is most common in the first trimester mainly due to the nausea that occurs during this time and in the third trimester because of fetal movement, increased urination and back/hip pains. 

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