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Feb132013

At Week 18, Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Hormones Should Be Easing

LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- The raging hormones that probably made mum-to-be Kate Middleton so tired during her first trimester should have calmed down by now, experts contend. At this point in a pregnancy, hormone levels rise more slowly, which means increased energy during the day and better sleep at night.

Doctors will probably advise Middleton to sleep on her left side. Lying on her back once she’s passed into the second trimester can compress the pelvic veins, decreasing blood flow to the lower half of the body. Lying on the left side relieves this pressure and promotes normal blood flow.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News senior medical contributor and a practicing OB-GYN, says that if sleep eludes a woman at this point in her pregnancy, exercise can help her feel more relaxed and able to rest.

Avoid working out too close to bedtime, though. That, Ashton said, can rev you up.

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