It’s no secret that struggling to catch nightly shut-eye is part of the new-mom deal. But who could have guessed that catching ZZZs throughout pregnancy would also present itself with its trials and tribulations!
Hormonal changes bring on serious fatigue in your first and third trimester, but that doesn’t guarantee peaceful sleeps through the night. What with the 3am, and 4am… (and 5am…) bathroom runs, the aches and pains of nocturnal baby kicks, drive-you-crazy leg cramps, and just being so dang uncomfortable – it can be tough to grab some good sleep.
Restful sleep may not be as easy as 1-2-3 during pregnancy, but we promise there is hope! We’ve compiled a list of our best 5 tips that will help you get some well-earned rest before your little one arrives.
5 Tips for Better Sleep during Pregnancy
1. Pillows will be your new best friend! Sorry partner, you’ll have to move over. You might be lucky enough to cruise through your first and second trimester without one, but by the third, you’ll definitely need a good body pillow. There are definitely worth the investment as they’ll support your bump and keep your knees parallel to each other – preventing pesky back pain. A good body pillow is the base for a good night’s sleep – the sooner you get one the better!
Bonus tip: Do a little research before you hit checkout. If you’re prone to heartburn, make sure you look for pillows that help keep your upper body at a slight incline. But whichever you go for, make sure it properly supports your neck – you don’t want to wake up with unwanted and painful stiffness. We highly recommend this one.
2. Get your sweat on! Regular daytime exercise can help you fall asleep more quickly at night, and stay asleep longer! Sounds so good, right? Nighttime workouts are OK as long as you’re not going to bed for another 2 hours or so. Generally, even if you’re physically tired after a workout, exercise gives our brains an energy boost that lasts for 1-3 hours after you finish, which can make it harder to fall asleep. Keep in mind that with prenatal exercise you don’t want work yourself to a fatigue, and a great way to do that is by 1) listening to your body and 2) using the talk test during workouts. The talk test just means you can carry on a regular conversation while working out.
Source: B2 Blog
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