10 Useful Sleep Tips for Pregnant Women
If you are a pregnant women, you definitely know what sleep woes are. From back aches to morning sickness, there’s a lot pregnant women fight each day. But one of the worst ones to stick by is the troubling sleep. If you too are facing such issues, try the following sleep tips for pregnant women. They certainly might help.
Sleep Tips For Pregnant Women
1. In your third trimester, sleep on your left side to allow for the optimal blood flow to the fetus and to your uterus and kidneys. Avoid lying flat on your back for long periods of time.
2. Drink lots of fluids during the day, but cut down before bedtime to minimize frequant trips to the loo.
3. To prevent heartburn, do not eat large amounts of spicy, acidic, or fried foods. Try not to recline after a meal. If heartburn is a problem, sleep with your head elevated on pillows.
4. Exercise regularly to help you stay healthy, improve your circulation, and reduce leg cramps. Just not too close to bedtime because exercise releases adrenaline that could keep you awake at night and actually make it even harder to fall asleep.
5. Try frequent bland snacks throughout the day. This helps avoid nausea by keeping your stomach full.
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6. Special “pregnancy” pillows may help you sleep better. Or use regular pillows to support your body. This is one of the most effective of all sleep tips for pregnant women.
7. Nap during the day. If you’re not getting enough rest at night, take a nap to help reduce fatigue. Try getting 20- to 30-minute catnaps, but don’t snooze for much more than this. Long naps can actually make you feel more tired than you were before you started.
8. Learn to relax with relaxation and breathing techniques, which can also help when the contractions begin. A warm bath or shower before bed can be helpful.
9. Chill out. Your body temperature is higher now that you’re pregnant, so it may help you sleep better if you lower the thermostat in the bedroom or even open a window.
10. Enjoy the quiet. When all else fails? Embrace the awake If you wake up and have trouble falling back to sleep, practice some deep breathing.
Or if you’re anything like me you’ll go raid the fridge for chocolate cake at 2am. Got any other sleep tips for pregnant women? Let us know in comment below.
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