Sleeping During Pregnancy
Everyone talks about how it’s impossible to get any sleep after you have a baby. But no one talks about how it can be a task and a half to get any rest in the later stages of the pregnancy. It’s almost impossible to find a comfortable position. And there are things like heartburn keeping you up at night.
Other than your growing belly, some things that make it harder to get enough sleep include the following:
- Having to urinate frequently
With your baby pushing against your bladder, you will need to run to the bathroom often, making it harder to get unbroken sleep.
- Body aches
As your belly gets heavier and works harder to provide for the baby, backaches, leg aches and other sort of pains will make it very tough to fall asleep. Ask your doctor for safe medication to alleviate this pain.
- Heartburn and constipation
The digestive system can slow down during pregnancy which can result in heartburn and constipation. As the baby grows and your uterus pushes presses against your stomach, it gets worse.
To top them all of, your belly makes it much harder to find a comfortable position to sleep in. if you’re used to sleeping on your stomach, you can pretty much forget sleeping like that until the baby is out.
Sleeping on your back isn’t the best idea since it can prevent sufficient oxygen reaching your baby. It can also be bad for your backaches.
The most recommended sleeping position for pregnancy is on your side. It is a good idea to get a pregnancy pillow for comfort and support. But if you don’t have access to one, you can slide a pillow between your legs and put one at your back.
Just remember that before you know it, you’ll be able to go back to your old sleeping positions. Hang in there!