When you’re preparing for parenthood, it’s understandable to fear the sleepless nights that emerge once your baby arrives. However what some may forget, is that sleepless night can occur before your baby is even born! Sleeping during pregnancy can be very tough, and at times can make you feel nocturnal. The extra weight you’re carrying can make you ache and will leave you struggling when it comes to finding a comfortable position to sleep at night.

In the latter stages of pregnancy, the amount of time you sleep could become even more limited due to your bump expanding, your joints beginning to ache and or your legs cramping. Other side effects such as indigestion and heartburn can also add to a terrible night’s sleep. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we have some great tips which can help make you more comfortable at night when your pregnant, so you can get the best sleep possible.

  1. Sleep on your left side

Considered the best way to sleep while pregnant by doctors and midwives, sleeping on your left side ensures that blood circulation to the placenta will not be restricted. This ensures that nutrients will continue to be received by your baby which will aid their development, which becomes more difficult in other sleeping positions.

Other positives of this position are that there’ll be less pressure on the liver and, according to studies, sleeping on your left side will reduce the chances of a still birth.

Sleeping on your back is considered much less safe than sleeping on your side when pregnant. This is because sleeping on your back can put a lot of pressure on your growing uterus, and your unborn baby can also put pressure on the main vein that carries blood back to your heart from your lower body, which is known as a vena cava.

Sleeping on your front is considered safe during the first 15 weeks of your pregnancy, but it’s important to stop attempting this position once the size of your bump increases.

  1. Use Sleeping Aids

One of the best ways to make yourself comfortable whilst sleeping is by either placing a pillow between your legs or sleeping with a body-length special pregnancy pillow, as they can allow you to get a well-needed rest.

During your 40-week pregnancy, you’ll struggle to cope on an old, uncomfortable mattress. By purchasing a soft, comfortable mattress you’re going to limit the back pain you’re bound to suffer in the lead up to giving birth.

  1. Create a nice sleep setting

During your pregnancy, it’s key to note how important being relaxed is for both you and your baby’s health.

To help yourself relax in the evening there are a few things you could do to create a nice sleeping environment. Candles are a good start as they are very therapeutic, but if you’re too panicked about the effect the scents and chemicals will have on your body, then music could be a good alternative.

Music can relieve any prenatal stress and nausea feelings you are having. Avoiding stress is pivotal to decreasing your risks of premature births, behavioural problems in your child and low birth weights.

  1. Block out light

By keeping your bedroom in a dark setting, you’re going to avoid having your sleep affected by both artificial and natural lights.

If you sleep close to your alarm clock, smartphone or tablet device, make sure that any light that comes from these electrical items isn’t going to come into you eyeline. To do this, make sure the brightness on all devices is turned down, or off all together, or cover them with a non-see through sheet.

It’s been claimed that artificial lights can cause havoc on your sleeping pattern as it can affect your body with a hormone called melatonin which is known for disrupting sleeping patterns.

By taking these tips on board you’re going to limit the sleepless nights you are more prone to during pregnancy. However, if your insomnia persists, go and visit your doctor as soon as possible, as maintaining a good sleep cycle during pregnancy is crucial to the health of both you and your baby.

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