During pregnancy, our body goes through a shit load of changes. We experience back pain, tummy pain, heartburn, insomnia and shortness of breath, not to mention a dancing baby that can get active during the later months/weeks of pregnancy. It’s said that the third trimmest is the most sleep challenged stage of pregnancy. We experience frequent trips of need to go to the bathroom, trying to get comfy is a challenge and exhaustion from our hectic schedules (especially if you’re still working), we can struggle to stay awake at moments throughout the day but at night find it a real challenge to sleep whilst our partners snooze alongside us. In the past 2 weeks I’ve been so exhausted with work, I’ve been sleeping fine. With 10 weeks still to go, I’ve got time to try and enjoy my sleep but it’s common knowledge that the final 4-6 weeks can play absolute havoc on your sleeping patterns before your little one arrives.
Common things that can disturb your sleep:
- Frequent urination
- Leg cramps
- Your baby’s movements
- Restless leg syndrome
- Vivid dreams
- Itching (speak to your GP about this)
Trying to get comfy, but not sure which position is best?
Did you know sleeping on your left side is best for you and your baby? Well, it’s all a matter of anatomy. As weeks go by and your baby grows, our tummy’s have to cater for our ever-increasing uterus. Our liver is on the right side of our abdomen, lying on our left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ which helps improve circulation to the heart and allows for the best blood flow to our baby, uterus and kidneys.
Still having trouble trying to sleep, here are some tips that might be able to help:
- Use pillows and cushions to get comfy. I have about 6 pillows that help support me and keep me comfortable, propped up by my v-shaped pillow that either works wonders as my back support whilst watching TV or wedged between my legs supporting my bump.
- Wear loose, comfortable nightwear and try and avoid tight clothing. It will help you feel more comfortable and free during the night. You’ll feel better in breathable cotton fabrics.
- If getting to sleep is a little tough for you, think about having a warm bath before you get snuggled into bed. It will help your mind relax and ease achy bones.