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It’s no secret that it can be really hard to get a good night sleep when you’re pregnant. This is particularly true as your get into the second and third trimesters. After all, pregnant women are often a little uncomfortable to begin with. Then, you add in the fact that you aren’t supposed to sleep on your back, and things get really challenging (especially if you’re normally a back sleeper). Even women that normally go to sleep without issue suddenly become insomniacs.
Here are a few tips to help you stay rested during pregnancy.
You’ve Got To Stay Hydrated, But Not Right Before Bed
When you’re pregnant, it’s important to drink a lot of fluids. Actually, this is important for pretty much everyone, but it’s even more important for pregnant women. The key is to drink a lot of fluids throughout the day, but to stop a couple of hours before bed time. That way, you won’t be waking up every couple of hours to urinate.
Knock Out Your To Do List During The Day
Nothing keeps people up at night like stress, and preparing for the arrival of a baby can certainly be stressful. Yes, it’s exciting as well, but there is a lot that you need to do to prepare. Picking up a bassinet, baby monitor, setting up the nursery, and doing everything else that you need to do to prepare for the arrival of for your little one will go a long way toward putting your mind at ease.
A lot of pregnant women experience heartburn, and naturally, this makes it impossible to get a good night’s rest. One way to mitigate this problem is to avoid spicy, friend or acidic foods. These are often the main culprits for heartburn. Eating dinner at least a couple of hours before bedtime is also a good idea. When you lie down on a full stomach, you’re much more likely to have heartburn than when you do so on an empty stomach.
Set The Stage For Sleep
One key to getting a good night of rest is creating the proper environment. For starters, you should set the temperature a bit lower than usual since pregnant women tend to have a slightly higher body temperature. It’s also a good idea to get blackout shades to help ensure that your room is as dark as possible. That way, you won’t be kept up by any light coming in from the outside.
Take Naps When The Mood Strikes
While the tips above should help you to get a little bit more sleep at night, you should also be open to taking naps during the day if your schedule allows for it. Being pregnant is hard work, and your body needs to rest. If you find that you’re not sleeping great at night, taking a quick naps during the day can be a big help. Sometimes, it’s actually easier to fall asleep during the day since there is less pressure to do so. I know sometimes when I’m having trouble sleeping at night, my mind starts racing about how tired I’m going to be the next day, and that only makes matters worse.
Getting a good night of sleep is something that a lot of pregnant women struggle with. The bad news is that getting sleep when you’re little one arrives won’t be much easier. But, the good news is that your struggles are well worth it. After all, there a few things in life that are as rewarding as welcoming a baby into the world.