Because a pregnant body is busy creating a baby and producing hormones, feeling extremely tired is quite normal. But, getting a good night sleep can do much to an expectant mother. It can relieve her, give her a boost of energy and prepare her to welcome the new baby. Yet, things are not as easy they seem especially during the last months of pregnancy, as sleeping at this late stage often turns into sleep deprivation, lack of focus and difficulty caring for other family members.
As a pregnant woman, you might not get a real chance to have some rest during the day, so you will have to rely on your night sleep to relax and restore energy. However and despite feeling overtired, you might have trouble falling asleep and you might find yourself in need of comfortable sleep positions that fit your condition.
Here are the most commonly known sleeping positions during pregnancy:
- If you have a back pain, sleep on your side with a pillow under your abdomen to support the weight of your growing belly and lessen the strain on your back’s muscles.
- If you have difficulty breathing during the night, sleep on your side, preferably on your left side. This sleep position doesn’t obstruct the flow of blood coming from the heart and doesn’t cause choking sensation.
- To avoid heartburn while sleeping, raise your upper body with pillows or tilt the head of your bed upward.
- If you noticed any water retention during the day, remember to sleep on your left side during the night, as this position will allow water to leave your tissues and join your bloodstream until it reaches your kidneys.
- If you have tingling and numbness in your hands during the night, make sure you sleep in a position where your arms are quite far from your body. If you want, you can use a special stretcher to keep your hands in the right position all night long.
- While you sleep on your side, attempt to support different parts of your body with lots of pillows. For instance, put a pillow between your knees and another pillow under your pelvis.
Just try all the above mentioned sleep positions until you find the most comfortable one for you, and stick to it every night. The most important thing is that you avoid sleeping on your back so you won’t increase your back pain and cause yourself hypotension. If you wake up in the night and you find yourself lying on your back. Don’t worry, just turn over to your side again and get back to sleep!
Read More: Indigestion And Heartburn During Pregnancy
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