Being pregnant is not only one of life’s miracles but also a beautiful experience, most of the time. I say most of the time, as some mums are unfortunate to suffer many or some of the symptoms such as heartburn, haemorrhoids, the constant urge to urinate, morning sickness and pelvic and back pain.
It is vitally important that whilst being pregnant you can get as much sleep as possible. Lack of sleep can lead to a reduce immune system, making you susceptible to colds and viruses as well as depressive symptoms.
Getting a good night’s sleep is not an easy task, especially in the later stages of pregnancy but it’s possible. Some sleeping positions are better for you than others.
In early stages of pregnancy it may still be possible for you to lie on your stomach, but you may find that your breasts are tender, making it uncomfortable. You should avoid sleeping on your back whilst pregnant, as it puts all your weight of your growing uterus on to your back muscles, intestines and major blood vessels causing backache, and blood pressure and circulation problems.
Laying on your left side increases blood flow and nutrients t the placenta . This may result in less swelling in your hands, feet and legs. Laying on right side may help with heartburn. You are most likely to change positions throughout the night. Try not to worry yourself too much that you may end up on your back, instead try to focus on relaxing, getting enough rest and sleep
Not everyone sleeps comfortably on their side which is a real issue when you’re pregnant and can’t sleep in any other position. Without support, the weight of the top leg pulls on the hip joint and sacrum and also twists the spine and knee.
Using pillows and supports can aid your sleep. Sliding a wedge-shaped pillow under your growing belly, as you lie on your side, you’ll instantly align your back and prevent rolling forward and straining your neck and back. Tuck the pillow between your bent knees to take pressure off your lower back and make side-sleeping more comfortable. You could even place a body pillow behind your back to help you maintain a side lying position throughout the night.
Wearing a maternity belt to bed, can decrease lower back pain, reduce pressure on the bladder, increase circulation, decrease swelling and provide overall comfort.
Find a side sleeping position that works best for you, consider taking naps, as often as possible as well as resting when you can.