Pregnancy Tips During Your Pregnancy To Sleep Better
As much as pregnancy is an exciting time, it is also a time of tremendous physical, emotional and spiritual change. Most women feel a mix of emotions such as overwhelm, anxiety, happiness and worry that that will be able to meet the demands of motherhood. When facing all of these intense emotions comes all of the bodily changes that most women are not expecting such as the earliest pregnancy symptoms.
Most women feel some sickness during their pregnancy first trimester, which is us, commonly called “morning sickness”. Finding a comfortable way to sleep is a huge concern for pregnant women since you can’t get into your normal sleep positions. You’ll tend to be a lot hotter during pregnancy so make sure to have a fan or air conditioning unit. You don’t want to sleep on your back or stomach after your fourth month so you’ll have to sleep on your side and spreading out your legs will make it more comfortable. Sleeping on your back constricts a major blood vessel and it puts a lot of pressure on your back and your intestines which can cause hemorrhoids and constipation. Having a pillow between legs or that you wrap your arms around will make going to sleep much easier on your side.
Sleeping on your left side will improve the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate fluids from your body which will allow you to sidestep some of the things that cause swelling in your feet. If you get cold at night, it’s ok to use an electric blanket but just make sure you don’t let your body temperature get above 100 degrees or you can cause harm to your baby.
You’ll find you have to go to the bathroom more often and having to get up multiple times during the night is almost unavoidable. Restrict your water intake 2 hours before you go to bed. Have some lights on dimmer switches or night lights in the bedroom or bathroom so it will keep your body in sleep mode and will make it easier to stay in sleep mode.
You’ll find your mind is racing thinking about the new baby and the change it will have on your life, try practicing some mindfulness techniques before bedtime such as meditation, journaling or some gentle restorative yoga. If you still can’t get to sleep then get up and do something else until you are tired enough to go back to bed.
Kelly Mcbride She specializes in losing weight after childbirth for new and expecting moms as well as mommy and me classes. She is a Master Pilates Instructor of Prenatal & Postpartum Pilates & Pelvic Floor Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist as well as being a specialist in prenatal workouts and prenatal exercise classes.