Expecting mothers may have trouble sleeping in the course of their pregnancy. If you’re finding yourself in the same position, here are some common causes and tips to help you overcome this hurdle and improve your sleep quality and patterns.
If you suffer from heartburns, you may find that it gets worse when you are lying down. To help alleviate this, avoid greasy and spicy food, and eat at least 2 hours before going to bed. This may help you to digest better for a more comfortable sleep.
2. Discomfort from a growing tummy
With your tummy getting bigger as months go by, you may find it difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in. To alleviate some pressure and discomfort, try sleeping on your side, supporting your knees and lower back with a pillow under or in between your knees.
3. Frequent urination at night
With higher pregnancy hormones in your blood stream and kidneys filtering more blood than usual, you may find yourself waking up to go to the toilet quite often. So, drink frequently during the day, but limit your water intake as bedtime approaches to reduce the need to go at night.
There are also other things you can do to help you achieve a better slumber. Take a warm, relaxing bath just before bedtime, avoid caffeine and sugary food especially after noontime, and do some gentle exercises daily to boost circulation. Most importantly, keep yourself calm and relaxed, knowing that you would soon welcome your baby into your arms!