Ginger Garner is a mother and physical therapist who specializes in prenatal and postpartum health. "If an expectant mother cannot sleep," she says, "she will not be able to function optimally and will be susceptible to colds, illnesses and depressive symptoms." Getting a good night's sleep when you're pregnant is no easy task, but it's possible. These tips will help you get comfortable in bed no matter how large your tummy is.
Expectant moms are inundated with information about what and what not to do during pregnancy. Even something as natural as sleeping comes with pregnancy guidelines. Simply put, some sleeping positions are better than others for you and your baby.
As you sleep, you'll likely change positions, rolling from one side to another or onto your back. This is perfectly fine. Don't keep yourself awake for fear that you might accidentally
end up on your back. Focus more on getting proper rest than on whether you'll roll over.
The pillow will become one of your greatest allies in your quest for a good night's sleep. Massage therapist Hali Chambers says pillow support is key. "Place a pillow to support the belly," says Chambers, "and a pillow between the knees."
If lying on your side hurts your hips or shoulders, try using a soft egg-crate mattress pad. This foam pad goes on top of the mattress under the sheet and provides cushioning and air circulation.
Maternity belts and bras
If back pain is keeping you up at night, consider wearing a maternity belt to bed. Maternity belts can decrease lower back pain, reduce pressure on the bladder, increase circulation, decrease
swelling and provide overall comfort.
Making the baby comfortable
Don't lose sleep worrying about your baby's comfort. You may be tossing and turning and feeling completely miserable, but your baby is floating around in a weightless environment, feeling no discomfort whatsoever. So rest easy!
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