Some women have said that they get less sleep during pregnancy some nights then when they have a newborn to feed and change every couple of hours. Between the aches and pains, heartburn, hip pain and rushing to go to the bathroom, sleep during pregnancy can be limited.
If you are looking for a good nights sleep, then check out these tips below to see if some or all can bring you a bit of relief so you can catch a good nights sleep.
Different Ways to Help You Sleep Better During Pregnancy
Drink Enough Water Throughout Day
Make sure you are drinking enough water through the day, this will help lessen the amounts of leg and/or body cramps. If you have ever experienced those leg cramps during pregnancy, are really rough. Most of the time they happen because you are a little dehydrated.
Don’t Drink After Dinner
If you have found yourself waking up to pee through the night, consider trying not to drink after dinner. Limit yourself some water, but don’t go overboard with the fluids. This can help give you time to empty your bladder before bed and to hopefully not wake up numerous times to go.
Make sure to limit your caffeine consumption through the day. It is a stimulant and can really be the culprit of not sleeping well through the night. Try to not drink any caffeine after noon each day. That way you can be good and tired for bed in stead of wired!
Snack Before Bed
When you are pregnant you might wake up in the middle of night due to hunger. So try eating a healthy, light snack before you go to bed. Maybe some yogurt with granola, nuts, fruit, or cottage cheese.
No Tech Devices Before Bed
Any kind of device that has a screen, phone, TV, tablet, computer, etc will actually stimulate your mind. If you can not use any devices 15-30 minutes before you head off to la-la land. Try reading a book, taking a bath, or doing nigh time routine and stay off devices. This will help your mind relax, and not keep you up.
This is great for second and third trimesters. You can find a chiropractor who works on pregnant women, they have a special technique that is safe for your and your baby. They can help relieve hip pain and sciatica, and much more.
Here is a great tip, if you are debating getting a body pillow, I say go for it! You can get one for being pregnant and they really do help. You can prop the pillow up by your stomach or back to help relieve some pressure off the spots that are hurting.
Lavender Essential Oil
This is a safe essential oil for pregnancy. It is a great soothing, calming and anti-anxiety relief. You can diffuse it or create a spray and mist your pillows before you go to sleep. If you diffuse do 3-5 drops and start it 5 minutes or so before bed, so when you go into the room you will smell it!
If you are suffering from heartburn, not eating right before bed will help. It is recommended don’t eat an hour before bed, and that will help with the acid. Also over processed foods, spicy, and sugary foods can really make heartburn worse.
You might find when you are pregnant you get hot a lot easier. So think of turning the thermostat down to help you stay cool through the night. Even if you are a little chilly you can cuddle up with your blanket.
Sleep on Couch
If all else fails you might find comfort sleeping on the couch. You might find that you feel more comfortable. The back of the couch can provide a lot of comfort and help you sleep better.
Pregnancy Insomnia Medicine
This is a great way to help with insomnia and morning sickness as well. Take half of a Unisom tablet and B6. When these are combined together they work great at reducing morning sickness, and might help you sleep a little more sound.
I hope one or more of these will help you to find yourself sleeping better. If you have any tips on how you found relief to getting better sleep, leave a comment below!