Insomnia During Early Pregnancy (Pregnant With A Boy Or Girl?)

Having trouble falling and staying asleep during pregnancy is often due to the changes in your hormonal levels. Other pregnancy symptoms, such as frequent bathroom breaks, late-night cravings and hunger, nausea and vomiting, and heartburn, may give you sleeplessness. Suffering from insomnia during early pregnancy doesn’t mean you’re having a baby boy. Some old myths like cravings for salty and savory food, often feeling cold on your toes, having no mood swings, etc., are just for fun guesses and don’t guarantee that you’re a baby boy. To know your baby’s sex, getting an ultrasound to get a good view of your baby’s genitalia is your most reliable option.

What are the early signs of pregnancy?

Women experience different signs and symptoms during early pregnancy. You may experience common early pregnancy symptoms now but get your period a few days later. 

Waiting three to four weeks after your last period before taking a home pregnancy test may show you a reliable result.

It’s because the hormone, human chorionic hormone (HCG), that detects pregnancy takes time to build up in your system.

Your provider may also run a blood test to measure the HCG levels in your blood.

Below are some common signs and symptoms you may experience during your early pregnancy:

1. Missed period

It can also be a sign of stress, excessive exercise, dieting, hormone imbalances, and other factors that might cause irregular periods.

2. Tender, aching, and swollen breasts

An increase in progesterone during pregnancy makes your breasts feel sore and tender to the touch.

It also causes your nipples to darken in color and enlarge. 

3. Morning sickness 

A young pregnant girl is laying down because she's experiencing morning sickness

It can happen day or night as early as two weeks of pregnancy. You may feel nausea with or without vomiting.

4. Increased urination

During pregnancy, there is an increase in blood supply in your body.

Thus, your kidneys have to clean more often and remove more wastes, resulting in frequent urination. 

5. Fatigue

High progesterone levels during early pregnancy will make you more sleepy and tired day or night.

Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy

You might also experience the following symptoms during your first trimester:

1. Cramping and mild spotting

About 10 to 14 days (week 4) after conception or around the time you expect to have your period, you may notice light bleeding.

It happens when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus.

2. Headaches, dizziness, and high blood pressure 

In most cases, these symptoms may indicate an underlying problem as elevated or normal blood pressure would usually drop in early pregnancy.

3. Mood swings

An increase in progesterone and estrogen levels may make you moody, emotional, or reactive more than usual.

4. Weight gain

Due to increased food cravings and the need for more calorie intake, you’re most likely to gain about 2 to 4 pounds during the first 3 months and about 1 pound a week until you give birth. 

5. Bloating and Constipation

Hormonal changes can slow down your digestion resulting in constipation.

6. Sensitivity to smell and food

During early pregnancy, you may be sensitive to some sort of smell triggering nausea and vomiting and distaste for certain foods.

7. Nasal congestion

Hormonal changes and increased blood supply may cause mucous membranes in your nose to swell, dry out, and bleed easily, resulting in a stuffy or runny nose. 

It’s worth looking into natural remedies instead of taking medicine if you think you’re pregnant.

Why should you take an early pregnancy test?

Knowing that you’re pregnant much earlier than expected will help you prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

It includes doing the following:

  • Schedule prenatal check-ups
  • Change diet and lifestyle
  • Take pregnancy multivitamins and minerals such as iron and folic acid, which reduces your baby’s risk of developing a neural tube defect.

Things you should know about

1. Pregnancy doesn’t happen immediately after sex

It’s not all the time that you’ll get pregnant when you have sex.

That is, even if you and your partner are healthy, have no infertility problems, and do not use contraceptive drugs.

It’s actually about timing, the health of your reproductive tract, and the sperm quality of your man.

It can take roughly 30 seconds after ejaculation when a sperm swims through a woman’s uterus and enters the fallopian tube to fertilize with the egg (conception). 

The fertilized egg then journeys down into the fallopian tube to implant in the uterus. By then, you’re considered pregnant.

2. Know your cycle or fertile window to guarantee a pregnancy

You’re much more likely to conceive when you’re approaching your period.

This is when a mature egg is released from your ovary (ovulation), and then you have sex. 

Ovulation happens around day 14 in your 28-day cycle (numbers may vary). 

3. An egg can get fertilized within 14-24 hours after ovulation

After the matured egg is released from your ovaries, it journeys down into your fallopian tube to meet a sperm.

When no sperm shows up after 14-24 hours, the egg dissolves, and you into the uterine lining sheds away, along with blood and mucus from your vagina and cervix- you have now your period.

However, sperm can live up to 5 days in your body, so fertilization can still occur even if you had sex much later.

Why does insomnia affect pregnant women?

Insomnia is common among pregnant women.

It is often due to hormonal changes like increased progesterone levels that cause drowsiness in the morning, giving you the desire to sleep in the daytime.

As a result, it will be hard for you to fall asleep at night.

Some other pregnancy symptoms may also interrupt your sleep during the night, which include:

Things you can do to sleep better during early pregnancy

It’s not a good reason that experiencing insomnia means your having a baby boy.

Due to hormonal changes and other pregnancy symptoms, it’s expected that you will have trouble sleeping during your early pregnancy and in your third trimester.

Sleep deprivation actually causes you more harm than your baby, but it’s still linked to various fetal complications. 

The following tips below may help you get better sleep:

1. Set your room into the mood

A young pregnant woman who had insomnia issues is now sleeping better after changing her room around a bit

You have to make your bedroom feel and look comfy.

Bring the curtains down to keep your room dark but ensure good air ventilation, especially when AC is not running. 

Make your bed as inviting as possible by switching to 100% cotton linen and using silk pillowcases to keep your head cool as you sleep. 

Use a nightlight or dim light in your bathroom if you have to pee. A bright light could be jarring your eyes and may wash away your sleep.

2. Build bedtime habits

Set a bed and wake-time in your alarm clock. Practice waking and sleeping at the same time each day. 

Turn off any digital screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

You may sleep on your usual back or stomach position in your early pregnancy but sleeping on your left side is best when the bump gets bigger.

Do not drink fluids close to bedtime, and eat your dinner early to avoid heartburn. If you get hungry at night, eat a snack high in protein to keep blood sugar levels steady.

Avoid drinking coffee late in the afternoon or, if possible, throughout the day. Having a warm glass of milk may also be helpful. 

Getting a massage and taking a warm bath before bed will reduce stress and fatigue and promote better sleep. 

If your breasts are sore and tender, wear a comfortable sleep bra.

3. Exercise

Stay active during the day. Get at least 30 minutes of pregnancy-friendly exercises 4-6 hours before bedtime.

Remember to talk first with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen during your pregnancy.

4. Take time to relax

A young and recently pregnant woman is doing yoga to help relieve her of insomnia at night

Practice yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, and exercises.

Talk to your partner or list your worries to help you clear your mind and lift up that heavy feeling due to overwhelming thoughts. Breathing exercises may also help. 

If you cannot sleep after 30 minutes in bed, distract yourself from other things like staring at the clock or counting numbers.

5. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Sleeping pills and other supplements may not be a good option for your insomnia, especially if you’re pregnant. 

Your doctor may recommend you to therapy to treat your sleep deprivation and help you sleep better.

How can you tell if you’re having a baby boy?

Perhaps, the most thrilling part of pregnancy is knowing your baby’s sex.

It’s really exciting to know what color to paint the nursery room, the kind of baby clothes to buy, and what baby names to include in your list.

Most experienced pregnant women claim that being pregnant with a girl is very different from having a boy. 

Some old wives’ tales and myths you may encounter on the internet will give you a list of some signs and symptoms to watch out for if you want to know your baby’s sex.

Below are things that may tell you are having a baby boy based on some telltales and traditions:

  • Cravings for salty and savory food
  • Carrying your bump low
  • Healthier skin, you’re hair will grow thick and lustrous
  • No mood swings
  • Fetal heart rate fewer than 140 bpm
  • The pigmented line (linea nigra) on your belly runs past your belly button and up towards the ribs
  • Nipples become darker in color
  • Feel your feet are often cold
  • If the ring of the ring gender prediction test moves in back and forth like a pendulum
  • The baby has a sloping forehead and squared jaw shown in ultrasound pictures
  • The date on Lunar Calendar suggests you will have a boy when trying to predict using your lunar age and the month that you got pregnant. 
  • If two odd or even numbers show up in the calendar when using the Mayan gender prediction method

Remember, these are not backed up by scientific evidence.

But, these predictions may actually have happened in many pregnant women. Your best option to know your baby’s sex is to wait until at least 18-20 weeks when their reproductive organs become visible.

Medical tests you can get to know your baby’s sex in as early as 9 weeks

1. Blood test

Pregnant women can take free cell DNA blood tests as soon as 9 weeks into pregnancy. Drawing a blood sample will contain your baby’s blood sample may detect its sex.

2. Amniocentesis

Your doctor may also suggest it to detect chromosomal issues. You can get this test for about 15 weeks of your pregnancy.

This procedure is invasive and only necessary for detecting congenital conditions. It will take out a small amount of amniotic fluid to test for genetic abnormalities, fetal infection, and the baby’s sex. 

3. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)

This procedure is also invasive becomes available at week 10 pregnancy. It is performed to detect early signs of Down syndrome and other chromosome-related conditions. 

You may be able to see your baby’s genitalia within 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. At this point, your doctor may refer you to an ultrasound scan and examine your baby’s growth and sex.

How to get pregnant with a boy?

There are no guaranteed and scientifically proven ways to get pregnant with a boy. 

Internet search results may tell you a few things about what has worked with other women who also wanted to welcome a little guy into their family. 

Below are some of these:

1. Take in more calories while keeping healthy eating habits

This means eating whole foods, fruits, and vegetables, low-sugar snacks to meet your nutrient needs during pregnancy.

In some studies, women conceiving a boy ate more potassium-rich food such as bananas and white beans. They also consumed more breakfast cereals than those who had female babies.

2. Learn the Shettles method 

This is more like a plan which Shettles came up with by considering the timing of intercourse, positions, and the pH of the vaginal environment to have higher chances of conceiving a boy. 

In this case, you should have sex close to ovulation and do sex positions that allow deep penetration.

It would be best to create the right environment by following a healthy diet, like eating lots of alkaline fruits and vegetables.

Having orgasms first before intercourse may help in regulating your vagina’s pH

3. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

In certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend you for sex selection only for medical needs.

It is possible to grow fertilized egg into an embryo in a lab to select one with your desired sex to implant in your uterus. This is possible through in-vitro fertilization techniques, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), or preimplantation genetic selection (PGS) processes.

While gender selection increases the odds of conceiving your dream little guy, it is not available in many countries.

It can be costly and stressful both mentally and physically. This process is also illegal in most countries which lawmakers believe may result in future population growth.

Conclusion

The sex or gender of an unborn baby doesn’t always matter.

Parents would always wish for a healthy pregnancy and baby. If they desire a little girl or boy and get what they want, it is more like just a bonus.

Because women feel different symptoms during pregnancy, such as insomnia, mood swing, morning sickness, etc., it’s hard to tell if these are signs of being pregnant with a boy or a girl.

Even with the 50% chance of old myths and telltales coming true, it’s still not a reliable way to predict your baby’s sex. But hey! It spices up your pregnancy journey. Just think of all the fun while guessing.

Ultrasound at 20 weeks is still your best option.