While it’s hard to get good sleep in pregnancy, it’s essential for you and your baby’s health. You’re not alone in seeking satisfying sleep during pregnancy. More than 90 percent of pregnant women report that they have difficulties with sleep during pregnancy. And, although there may not be comfort or better sleep in numbers, pregnant women everywhere can be reassured that they will only have to face these particular sleep challenges for 9 months.
First, prepare for a good night’s sleep:
Second, take a rest break:
Third, pay attention to positioning. Provide your changing body with support by adding pillows behind your back and between your knees when you lie on your left side. Prop a few pillows under your head, especially in the third trimester when your uterus presses up against your diaphragm making breathing harder, so you aren’t lying flat in bed.
Lastly, prepare for and protect your sleep. Make plans for tomorrow early in the evening so you aren’t worrying about details as you try to fall asleep. Make your bedroom a haven for sleep, and remove distractions such as computers or a television. Create a bedtime routine and stick to it. Establishing good sleep habits for yourself will help you promote good habits for your baby throughout her childhood.
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