Five tips on how to sleep when pregnant

 Five tips on how to sleep when pregnant
Pregnancy anxiety can keep you awake for way too long (Shutterstock)

For the most part, pregnancy brings a lot of joy when you’re in the process of bringing an angel into the world. You spend your time buying baby clothes and cute items in preparation for a new season in your life, and it is wonderful.

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Along with the positive experiences are some challenges that all expectant women deal with, one of them being sleep problems.

Something as simple as getting a good night’s rest can turn into a far-fetched idea because you might be dealing with insomnia, body aches, stress and overall discomfort when you’re trying to get some rest.

These are five tips you can use the next time you’re having sleep troubles.

i.Work on your sleeping positions

The best position to sleep in is on your sides, more specifically, the left side. When you sleep on your back, you’re putting a lot of pressure on your blood vessels which hinders blood from circulating properly.

You’ll probably wake up feeling very uncomfortable and that might even disrupt your sleep cycles midway.

You can choose to sleep on either your right side or left although the left side optimizes blood flow to supply nutrients to the baby and reduce discomfort.

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ii.Use pregnancy pillows

These have got to be the best pregnancy hack to ever be invented. There are so many to choose from, from the U-pillow, the wedge, J-shaped pillows and others.

They will deal with the soreness by alleviating the pressure from areas like your legs and back, and ensures your comfort is prioritized.

Do your own background research to determine the best pillow that will suit your needs.

If you didn’t get enough sleep at night, you can compensate by having a few Z’s during the day (Shutterstock)

iii.Take more naps

If you haven’t had enough sleep at night, try and catch a few Z’s during the day. This will reduce the pregnancy fatigue you might be feeling.

You shouldn’t fight the fatigue because your hormones are at work and your body is working hard to ensure your baby develops properly.

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You need more rest for now so nap away as much as you can.

iv.Embrace different relaxation techniques

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Some women feel a lot of pregnancy anxiety which keeps them awake for way too long. You can try out different methods to help you relax so you can get more rest.

Drink chamomile tea-not too much before bed, light some nice scented candles, download relaxing nature sound apps, get a massage, basically anything that makes you feel calm.

As you go ahead with whatever relaxation technique you decide to use, don’t try too hard not to think about the anxiety because that could only make it worse.

Learn to enjoy the moment and eventually you’ll have peace of mind.

v.Do some exercise

Expectant mothers should be more open to exercising. It won’t hurt your baby in any way as many people believe.

It’s only dangerous if you’re lifting heavy weights or straining which is why you have to focus on simple exercises that are suitable for pregnant women.

Workouts will improve blood circulation, reduce aches and pains and you’ll have better sleep after a good workout session. And if you have no idea where to begin, make YouTube your friend.

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