Sleep is a crucial restorative process which is vital for keeping your body fit and healthy, and it is even more important when pregnant as you’ll be effectively sleeping for two.
This article will taker a closer look at some of the issues with sleep that pregnant women can encounter. You will then be provided with some tips and advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep at different stages of your pregnancy.
Tiredness In Pregnancy
The first trimester, or first twelve weeks, can often leave pregnant women feeling very tired. They is completely normal and is no cause for alarm. The reason behind this fatigue is that the hormones in your body will be dramatically changing as your body prepares itself for pregnancy and you new child is taking form.
Later in your pregnancy the added weight of the unborn baby, coupled with your own bodily changes, will put your body under more strain than it is used to. It is therefore important to try and make sure you get enough rest.
Tiredness can have a negative impact on your mood and emotions. Being well-rested is key for looking after your mental welfare as an expectant mother. This means not being afraid to accept help from others, and finding time to take short rests where possible.
Sleeping Positions For Pregnant Women
The best position to sleep in during your pregnancy is on your your left side. This prevents the weight of your bump from bearing down on you while you sleep, like it would if you were to sleep on you back. However, if you normally sleep on your back, you can spend the first trimester in this position and change to side sleeping for your later pregnancy.
The NHS website recommends that you should be sleeping on your side by the the beginning of the third trimester at the latest, as this is when your bump will be most noticeable. You may choose to side sleeping earlier on in order to acclimatise yourself to the new position.
Your sleeping position is very important. According to the NHS sleeping on your back in during after 28 weeks of your pregnancy heightens the risk of the child being stillborn. Watch this video for more information on the find a safe sleep position for your pregnancy.
Additional Sleeping Advice
While sleeping on your left side is recommended it can still feel uncomfortable and the baby can put a strain on your body, especially if you are not used to sleeping in this position.
A good solution for this is to use extra chushions or pillows to provide some additional support. Try placing a pillow under the bump to help take some of the weight off.
You might also want to place a pillow between your legs to help maintain spinal alignment while you sleep. This could help alleviate any aches or pains you’ve been feeling in your back.
Placing a pillow behind your back can help prevent you from rolling on to your back while you sleep. However, do not be alarmed if you wake up on your back. The most important thing is to fall asleep on your side, as you will spend the majority of your time in this position while you sleep.
Many women find that they experience bad dreams or nightmares during their pregnancy. This is nothing to worry about and is quite common. If your dreams are causing you to worry, then speak about them with your partner or a close friend for reassurance.