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How to Have a Good Night’s Sleep When You Are Pregnant

Sleeping can become more difficult during pregnancy. If you are not used to sleeping on your side, it may be hard for you to find a comfortable position to sleep. Plus, as your tummy gets bigger, you might find yourself short of breath when you try to sleep. Heartburn might bother you more when you are lying down. Then to top it off, once you do fall asleep, you may find yourself awakened a couple hours later with the sudden need for a trip to the bathroom. How is a pregnant mom supposed to get any rest?

Here are a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Purchase a body pillow to help you sleep on your side. Doctors often recommend sleeping on your left side to help with blood circulation to the baby. Use a body pillow and curl one leg around it to help you sleep more comfortably.

  • Try not to eat a large meal before you go to bed. Instead of eating a large meal at night, try eating a small meal with a snack after dinner. Smaller meals will help you deal with heartburn and indigestion.

  • Try to avoid caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can irritate your bladder or cause you to go to the bathroom more frequently.

  • Take a warm bath to help relieve any aches and pains that could be keeping you awake.

  • Sleep closest to the outside of the bed so you can get in and out easily during your evening trips to the bathroom.

  • Go to bed a little earlier. If it is taking you a while to fall asleep, try going to bed earlier. Practice relaxation breathing to help you fall asleep.

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By ManamiSuzuki on 07/28/13 at 5:44 pm

I also recommend the PREGNANCY MIRACLE BOOK as a great week-by-week pregnancy resource!

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