Experts found a link between non-sleepers and mums who had poor mental and physical health during pregnancy.
Restless nights are very common in the first year of a child’s life, as they teeth and go through leaps.
In fact, researchers found that 60% of mums had mild sleeping issues with their babies. However, 20% of mums found that bad sleeping habits continued after the first year.
“These mothers were more likely to have poorer mental and physical health during pregnancy in comparison to mothers of infants with no sleep problems,” says lead researcher Dr. Fallon Cook.
“Parenting an infant who isn’t sleeping well is extremely hard. It’s important that parents seek help from their GP or child health nurse if feeling depressed, anxious or exhausted, and reach out to family, friends, and local parenting groups for additional support.
“Identifying and supporting mothers with poor mental and physical health during pregnancy is crucial. These mothers may benefit from more intensive support once the child is born.”
This research shows just how important prenatal and postnatal health and support is.