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Pregnancy and sleep… ugh! I had such a hard time sleeping when I was pregnant with the twins which is what inspired this article! I could never find a comfortable position, I had heartburn, or I just plain couldn’t sleep. Insomnia really got the best of me during my pregnancy.

Pregnancy and sleepAnd it seems that I’m not the only one! According to a poll done by the National Sleep Foundation, 78% of women reported a less than peaceful sleep during pregnancy.

What causes loss of sleep during pregnancy?

  • Insomnia
  • Night Time Heartburn
  • Frequent Urination at Night
  • Being Uncomfortable

These are just a few of the reasons we find it hard to sleep when we’re pregnant. There are many more and each person is different. The trouble with not sleeping and being pregnant is that during your pregnancy your body is going through so many changes. You need all the rest you can get to keep both you and your baby healthy.

Some tips on sleeping better through the night during your pregnancy:

This is where it gets tricky because when you’re pregnant you’re limited on the medicine you can take. Sleeping aids and other prescription medications may be harmful to the child so you really want to do it as naturally as you can.

  • A good mattress is key to getting a peaceful sleep whether you are pregnant or not. A Sealy Mattress would be a good option from what I’ve read.
  • Sleep on your left side.. My doctor always told me that sleeping on my left side would help the blood flow to both you and the baby.
  • Exercise. I always liked to exercise in the evening before my shower, it helps wind me down and get out that extra energy. It also relaxes me enough that within a few hours I’m ready to lay down and actually tired enough to sleep.
  • Use a pregnancy pillow or simply sleep with a pillow between your legs, but remember to lay on your side.
  • Read a book. Reading a book at night before you lay down can help you relax..
  • Stay away from the caffeine! You know what I’m talking about.. steer clear of it to help you rest better.

If you find that you’re still having trouble sleeping, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may have some other ideas or solutions for you.

Do you have any tips you used to help you sleep better while you were pregnant?

 

*Sources: National Sleep Foundation

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