It’s extremely important to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep every night; especially if you are expecting a child in just a couple of months! As your pregnancy continues, you will need plenty of rest and relaxation to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Here’s a couple of tips on what the best sleeping position during pregnancy is best for you to help ensure that you will get the chance to be able to sleep soundly at night.
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Why you need to stop sleeping on your tummy now
Maybe sleeping on your stomach has been a part of your sleeping routine for years, but it could be doing you more harm than good. When you sleep on your stomach, you’re forced to turn your head and neck either to the left or to the right to be able to breathe. This position puts a lot of strain on your neck muscles and you could wake up to a sore and stiff neck that will stay with you for days if not a week depending on how long you slept in this position. You might also be hindering your breathing pattern as well. It’s much better and easier to breathe while sleeping on your back or side. Sometimes people do sleep better on their stomach, but if you try to fall asleep with different positions each night, it will become much easier than it did before.
Which position is best for pregnancy?
Since sleeping on your stomach is not ideal for overall health; especially when you might be (or soon will be) a couple of months pregnant. This narrows it down to either sleeping on your side on your back. You will be able to sleep on your back comfortably during your first trimester but as you begin your second and final trimester, it might be best to begin sleeping on your side. During the trimester, the baby’s weight sits uncomfortably on a vein that connects the lower body and the heart if you lay on your back. If you wake up in the middle of the night and find that you are on your back, just switch to sleeping on either your right or your left side. It doesn’t matter which side you sleep on, but many doctors suggest sleeping on your left side rather than the right side.
Sleeping on your left side is healthy for both you and your baby. This position helps improve the blood flow and send nutrients throughout the body to the placenta. Sleeping on your side also helps your kidneys function, eliminate waste from the body and reduces any swelling in the hands, ankles, and feet that occur during pregnancy. Sleeping on your side also helps to open up your airways so if you sleep on your back and have sleep apnea or you snore a lot, then you should switch ASAP. If you find it difficult to begin sleeping on your side, use an additional pillow and place it either behind, in front, or between your legs in fetal position. This will help your body adjust to sleeping in a new position and make the adjustment much more comfortable than you would otherwise believe possible.
Other great tips for sleeping better at night
Now that you know which side is best to sleep on when you are pregnant, here are some additional sleeping tips to keep in mind for a restful night!
- Exercise at a minimum amount by stretching or practicing easy yoga
- Relax with a bubble bath
- Select carbohydrates such as bread if you are hungry
- Go to bed around the same time every night
Do you have any tips for a great night’s rest or how to keep your energy up while pregnant? Share time in the comment section and sweet dreams!