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Are Sleeping Pills Safe During Pregnancy?

You're beyond exhausted, but getting some sleep is easier said than done. Before you reach for those sleeping pills, find out what's safe to take.

Wondering if sleeping pills are safe to take when you're pregnant? The answer—not really.

While your doctor may be able to suggest one that’s relatively safe, there generally aren't any sleeping pills out there that are recommended for pregnant women. In fact, some studies have even found that sleeping pills can cause long-term problems for baby.

So if you're having trouble sleeping, try a few natural remedies first, like exercising more, skipping daytime naps, and creating a bedtime routine (try, for instance, having a snack, stretching or listening to soft music). Or try one of our faves: a nice long bubble bath.