How To Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Nine months pregnant caucasian woman relaxing, sleeping in her bed

Pregnancy is a tiring experience for expectant mothers, but it’s even more stressful when you can’t catch some z’s at night. Here’s how you can get a better night’s sleep while carrying your child:

It can be difficult to find a comfortable resting position, especially if your child is tossing and turning in your belly. Although sleeping on your left side is best, as it boosts the amount of nutrients and blood going to your baby, it may not work for you. Try different positions to find the right one for you, and don’t be afraid to get inventive. A pillow between your legs will keep your legs and spine aligned, while relaxing in a recliner keeps everything elevated to avoid discomfort.

Are frequent bathroom breaks waking you up throughout the night? Try limiting the liquids you consume in the hours leading up to sleep. Drink more fluids early in the day and start cutting back about three hours before you’d like to go to sleep.

Morning sickness can strike at any time of the day or the night. During sleep, try to keep your upper body elevated, which keeps blood in constant circulation, further staving off nausea. If your queasiness happens as soon as you wake up in the morning, it may help to eat a late-night snack. A small treat will keep your belly full throughout the night, so you feel less nauseated in the morning.

It’s crucial for expectant mothers to get the rest and relaxation they need. Sometimes, the baby just doesn’t understand the message. If you struggle to fall – and stay – asleep, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about different strategies. A good night’s sleep can work wonders!