Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Firstly, alprazolam is contraindicated totally in pregnancy
, so you cannot even consider taking that while you are pregnant.
And yes, sleep deprivation
does affect both the baby and the mother.
It can lead to prolonged labour , painful deliveries, risk of preterm labour, increased chances of Caesarean section
, and increased risk of postpartum depression
Please try and imbibe natural methods for better sleep cycle
Getting habituated to medications will further worsen your condition, as at a point of time, you will never be able to sleep without medication.
It is natural to have sleep cycles, and moreover during pregnancy, it is natural to get awakened every 2 - 3 hours.
This is because of the stress during pregnancy, mild aches and pains as the uterus
grows in size, due to increased need to urinate at night, acidity etc.
Use extra soft pillows to prop your head and body at night.
Use aromatic oil diffusers in the room, breaking ampoules of healing oils such as patchouli and lavender so that you can have a relaxing sleep.
Try using a white noise machine to eliminate background noise, and keep the shades and curtains drawn, to eliminate light.
Also, sleep early, by 10 pm, and eat atleast 2 hours before sleeping.
Have a glass of warm milk with saffron before sleeping.
You can play mild relaxing ( sleep soothing ) music in the background to calm you down.
You can ask your husband or a relative to provide a gentle massage
, particularly of the back and legs and calves to help you relax.
Avoid drugs at any cost.
Your sleep disruption is nature's way of preparing you for your delivery, once your baby is in hand, you will not be able to sleep continuously through the night !
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.