Everyone has their preferred sleeping position. Some of us feel most comfortable when lying on the tummy with our hands snuggly hidden under the pillow, while others find themselves in seventh heaven when lying on their back in a state of idle bliss. None of it matters. As long as you get the right amount of quality sleep and you feel refreshed in the mornings and enthusiastic to take on the day, you are doing something right.
However, this will all change when the voyage of pregnancy begins. For some women it might not be their first, so they have all of the right hacks to make that journey as pleasant and as painless as possible, but what about the women for whom it is uncharted territory?
In short, your body will go through some significant changes that will affect your sleep. The same things that you are used to will no longer apply. Hormones run rampant, the bladder is continuously on the blink and luring you to the toilet, you might start to smell and taste differently – the list is endless, but do not lose hope. As already mentioned, pregnancy is a voyage that will stay with you for the rest of your life in a positive way. If you are still not convinced, wait until you see your child grow and mature. Then you will understand the true meaning of being a parent for life.
But that’s for you to experience first hand. We are here to help you find the best position on your mattress. Start on topmattress.com to get information on the right mattress and then focus on how to get comfortable with it to obtain the optimal amount of quality sleep with minimal discomfort.
Your sleeping position will change as the pregnancy evolves
In the first trimester, you might still be able to sleep on your tummy if that is your preferred posture. But when your belly starts to take on the proportions of a ripe watermelon and your breasts are so tender that the mere feel of fabric will irritate you, it will become a thing of the past – at least for as long as you are pregnant.
If you are a back sleeper, it is recommended to refrain from it when the second trimester begins. Why? Simple! The growing weight of the fetus will add pressure to your intestines and the main vein that carries blood to your heart, provoking hemorrhoids and back pain. Also, Junior’s ever-growing burden will affect circulation and digestion. Worst of all, this can reduce blood supply to your unborn baby, lowing oxygen levels and nutrients.
SOS! – Don’t worry. We don’t mean ‘Save Our Souls’ but ‘Sleep On the Side!’
Sleeping on the side (preferably the left – supports optimal circulation) is the ideal position for mom and the best one for the little one. This is because it invites the highest possible blood flow and nutrient delivery to the placenta, enhancing kidney function, allowing for the optimal elimination of waste, and less swelling in the hands, feet and ankles.
At this juncture, many of you might be asking yourselves how you could ever sleep on your side. The decision will be made for you as your tummy grows. Firstly, sleeping on your front will be physically impossible (remember the watermelon analogy). Second if sleeping on your back was your thing, latest when your heart starts racing, or you feel slightly nauseous, you will begin to love the side.
A few hacks to make sleeping on the side more pleasant
Pillows, pillows, pillows… need we say more. Here we recommend playing around with a few different options until you find the perfect position on your mattress. Maybe place a pillow between your legs and another behind your back. Or purchase a full-body pillow to wrap around yourself and keep you in position throughout the night.
There are many different options out there. Just remember it might take you a few days or even weeks to get used to sleeping on the side, but the effort is indeed worth it. So, keep trying.