Can we all agree that even after reading all those prenatal books, no one can prepare you for sleep problems? You can sleep through the first and part of the second trimester well if you don’t face complications. But, things change towards the end of the second trimester.
While rest is essential during pregnancy, most of the time, you will have sleepless nights and exhausting days. Working on that personal injury lawsuit will not be as easy as it was before. Fortunately, there are ways of ensuring that you sleep better. But, before we look at the remedies, why can’t you sleep?
- You have to pee every few hours
- You are carrying a night owl
- You take your naps too late
- You have heartburn
- You have restless leg syndrome
- You are stressed out
- You snore
So, how do you sleep better when you have to deal with these issues in spite of your burgeoning belly?
- Cut down your liquid intake, especially caffeine
Tea, cocoa and even water will keep you awake longer than you have to. At the same time drinking a lot of water towards the end of the day, or towards morning hours if you are on the night shift will affect how well you sleep. With a growing belly, the size of the bladder reduces. You have to get up too often, and that will affect how well you rest.
- Try different sleeping positions
If your growing belly leaves you tossing and turning for most of the night, understandably, it is hard to find a comfortable sleeping position when pregnant, you might want to try different positions. Your sleeping pattern and position before pregnancy may not work.
Since you cannot sleep on your back by the third trimester, the weight of the baby will press on the vena cava cutting off circulation, sleeping on your side may be helpful. If the bed is uncomfortable, you should consider getting a recliner chair and extra pillows. But, you should keep your feet elevated,
- Take care of things before they get out of hand
Stress is one of the main reasons why you may fail to sleep, if your mind is full of endless lists of things to do, you may not sleep at all. You can get around that by doing your best to do the things that you can when you have energy. You may also ask for help. You feel relaxed when you have everything under control. Harness your nesting instincts and keep track of everything you need to do. While working hard to get through your to-do list, be careful not to overwork yourself.
- Eat less food more times day
Heartburns result from the baby’s growing size pushing against your stomach forcing stomach acid up your throat. Also, the rise in hormone levels leave the stomach and the esophageal muscles weak resulting in acid leakages.
Despite these, you still have to eat. Instead of three large meals, split every meal into two so that you have six meals instead of 3 in a day. That reduces acid build up. You should also eat slowly for complete digestion. Lastly, don’t eat just before you sleep. If you have to eat a few hours before bedtime, take protein.
Other strategies include:
- Wearing comfortable and supportive clothes like maternity bands
- Get extra pillows to ease the pressure on your hips. Put a pillow between your legs
- Ensure that you are relaxed before you go to bed
- Exercise gently to promote restful sleep
- Seek medical help in case of any pain
- Finally, if you are carrying a night owl, don’t freak out. Enjoy the kicks.