During pregnancy, you may find it difficult to sleep properly or get the baby sleeping positions. I understand that when you’re pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes causing your regular sleeping positions no longer work for you. That’s why I have put together this article to address tips and how you can sleep properly even while pregnant.
Throughout the three trimesters, there are various causes of sleeping discomfort. Some of them include:
So how should you sleep to prevent sleeplessness due to these factors? Read on to find out more about that.
During pregnancy, your body may go through different hormonal fluctuations during the three trimesters. All through the three trimesters, the sleeping position you should adopt is the Sleeping on Side (SOS) position. It is even better to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs. If you’re having constant back pain use the “SOS” position, and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well. If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try supporting your upper body with pillows. In your third trimester, you may experience shortness of breath and changes in the throat. Try lying on your side using pillows to support your side.
I understand that these suggestions may not be completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but you can try them out. You may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night, and changing positions is totally fine.
Sleeping on your back: As your pregnancy grows, your uterus grows. Sleeping on the back puts pressure not only on the back but also on the pelvis, causing backache. This might disturb your sleep cycle and make you irritated.
Lying on the back during pregnancy may also put pressure on the largest vein (inferior vena cava), which could lead to low blood pressure, hemorrhoids, and decreased blood circulation resulting in decreased nutrition supply for the baby and the mom. Sleeping on the back might also cause snoring and heartburn in some women.
Sleeping on your stomach: At the early stages of your pregnancy, it’s okay to sleep on your stomach. However, once your belly starts to grow, this position becomes difficult for you. Also, sleeping in this position can put pressure on your bladder, which may cause frequent urination.
You can help yourself sleep comfortably during pregnancy. Try out the following tips:
When your baby is born, you may have to deal with sleepless nights but while you’re pregnant try to understand your body and sleep properly. Try these sleeping positions and follow these tips that I have recommended to sleep and rest better. The more comfortable you sleep the better you would feel. If you are unable to sleep irrespective of the position.
You can also watch this Antenatal Class on the Do’s and Don’ts In Pregnancy