Sleeping while pregnant is not easy. In fact, a recent study has shown that 91% of expecting parents suffer when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. So, I thought that I would put together a little list of things that you can do while pregnant to ensure that you sleep a little better.
Here are five tips that I can share from personal experience on how you can make the whole getting to sleep process a little easier:
Sleep on Your Left Side
During the final stages of your pregnancy, it is recommended that you sleep on the left side of your body. This is so that the blood flow and nutrients that reach the foetus increases.
It is suggested that pregnant ladies shouldn’t sleep on their back for long periods of time either. Sleeping on your back whilst pregnant can cause problems with both your digestive system and breathing due to the pressing weight of the baby.
Although some suggest eating a curry will induce labour, eating spicy foods can also increase the chance of getting bad heartburn at night. As a result, it would be best, when pregnant, to avoid eating spicy foods before bed time.
Also, it has been recommended that those that are pregnant eat lighter meals before bedtime. This is because the body works harder to digest your food when the meal is larger, stopping it from focussing on repairing the other parts of your body.
Choosing the Right Mattress
You should consider changing your mattress when you’re pregnant, as they’re often something that triggers a good or bad sleep.
This blog post on finding the right mattress while pregnant suggests that a memory-foam mattress is one of the best that you can get while pregnant, as you need something that will support your back. If your back isn’t supported, then your body won’t get chance to relax in preparation for the next day.
Special pregnancy pillows can really help you get to sleep if you’re pregnant. The point of them is to reduce back pain by having the pillow between your knees, under your stomach and behind your back.
If you’re struggling to get to sleep, then walk around the house for a little bit and then go back to bed. Even if you get up and read a book or have a bath, it will leave you feeling a bit more relaxed by the time you go back to bed.