Are you preparing to be a mom? If so, I bet you didn’t expect sleepless nights to plague you even before the birth of your baby. Well, how can you get enough sleep with all the bathroom runs and nocturnal kicking? If you’re a pregnant mother who can comfortably sleep, then consider that to be a miracle!
In my line of work, I’ve helped most of my patients get the much-needed shut-eye. So, today, I would like to share some of the things I tell them with you. Hopefully, it will be all the help you need!
Your Sleeping Position!
With a growing belly, it’s a bit tough and uncomfortable for any pregnant mother. The situation gets even worse as you approach the day of labor. Therefore, I feel that it’s better for you to sleep on your left side. This idea is according to reports from Try Mattress which also say that it boosts the number of nutrients and blood going to your baby.
Also, before you sleep, put a comfortable pillow between your knees. This method aligns your spine and legs and relieves the pressure on sensitive muscles. For extra comfort, one of my patients even told me that you could wrap your body with a large body pillow. She added that it supports your growing stomach and reduces tension in your muscles.
Dealing With A Baby That Takes All The Space!
As your baby grows, it tends to occupy a lot of space in the body. In so doing, it increases the workload for vital organs like the lungs and bladder. As a result, you’ll have trouble breathing sometimes, and your visits to the toilet increase.
To solve your breathing problems, keep yourself hydrated. However, avoid taking tea, juice or any other fluids two to three hours before bed. In doing so, you’ll reduce toilet visits in between the night. I should also remind you to use the night-light if you have to visit the washrooms. Research shows that even the slightest exposure to bright light makes your brain instantly alert. If you still have breathing problems, especially if you’re lying down, use some pillows. I know that they help in relieving pressure on your lungs. Is everything better now?
Learn To Plan Your Daily Activities
By interacting with many patients, I’ve realized that one cause of their lack of sleep is because there’s just too much going on. Of course, you’re about to go through a massive change, and it’s only reasonable for your brain to develop a ‘never-ending to-do list.’
Here, the best thing for you to do is to take control of the situation. Take note of all your daily activities – do what you can, delegate other duties and get rid of those you can’t. Do this, and I’m sure you’ll have a comfortable night all through!
Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress are notorious for preventing a good night’s rest. I like to remind my patients that worrying never helps. Yes, you may be thinking of the harsh months ahead, and the challenges of motherhood, but it’s always good to talk about such problems. Look for a professional or friend who you feel can help you and you’ll be just fine.
Create a Routine
I also advise my patients to create a relaxing, comforting and soothing evening. In so doing, once they go to sleep, they’ll drift off with ease.
Some of the things that you could do include:
- Taking a cup of tea or your favorite coffee
- Reading an exciting book
- Take a warm shower
- Having your hair brushed
- Getting a gentle shoulder massage
- Do some Yoga
I know that heartburn can be quite disturbing for you as a pregnant mother. Luckily, you can avoid it using some simple techniques. Here, other than going to sleep immediately after a meal, you could try some of these methods too:
- Sleeping on elevated pillows
- Avoid spicy, acidic, or juicy foods like tomatoes
As I wind up, I would like to remind you that motherhood is a gift. However, although it gets tough at times, there’s nothing better like giving birth to a healthy baby and watching it grow. It’s, therefore, my hope that these methods will at least give you some sleep despite all the discomfort!