Insomnia and pregnancy go hand in hand. Sleep is essential for everyone, but it is especially essential when you’re pregnant. So why is it so hard sometimes even though you're exhausted? There can be multiple reasons:
1. You’ve Got to Pee
Let’s face it, your baby is practically using your bladder as a pillow. Because it’s important to stay hydrated, try drinking plenty of water throughout the early morning and afternoon and taper off by night. Time to chug those 8 glasses fast!
2. Heartburn Got to You
You can blame your pregnancy hormones for indigestion. Try not to eat at least two hours before you go to bed and avoid eating any spicy foods! You can also try to elevate your pillows; keeping your head above your stomach while you sleep. This will help prevent stomach acid from traveling.
3. Your Cat Naps Turned into Hibernation
Being pregnant can be exhausting, there’s no doubt about that! I mean, you’re growing a human inside of you. That’s a big responsibility. If you decide to take a nap, make it before 3:00 P.M. This will keep your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock) in check. Also try and limit your naps around 20-30 minutes. Nobody likes that groggy, just-woke-up from a deep slumber, feeling.
4. Getting Comfortable isn’t Possible
The closer you get to your delivery date, the probability of you being uncomfortable increases. Just ask your mom, grandma, or any other female. I’m sure they have stories to share! If you are constantly uncomfortable, talk to your doctor.
Studies performed by the National Sleep Foundation report that one in four pregnant women experience restless leg syndrome. This can be a great indicator that you are not consuming enough iron or folate- two of the most essential building blocks for your growing baby. Increase your intake through good quality prenatal supplements and iron-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, asparagus, citrus fruits, avocado, etc.
It's also normal to experience hot flashes during pregnancy, especially as you sleep. Pick bedding with KulKote so it will help regulate your body temperature and help you catch more Zzz's. You need them!
5. You’re Snoring (Cutely of Course)
Anytime a person gains extra weight, it creates more tissue and inflammation in the throat and narrows the airways. This causes vibrations through the throat and nose as air tries to push its way out. Try to use nasal strips, which can open nasal passages.
Sleeping on your back is also one of the biggest reasons people snore. Try sleeping on your left side. Doing so has many benefits while being pregnant. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, sleeping on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on your left side will also increase circulation and allow blood flow to your fetus, kidneys, and uterus.
6. You’re Baby Always Wants to Pull an All-Nighter
Have you ever felt like your baby loves to dance on your rib cage? Let’s face it, as soon as mom is comfortable and still, the baby likes to move! Your baby can be a night-owl during your pregnancy, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they will be the same way after they’re born. Do the best you can to relax and enjoy those little kicks. It’s not everyday of your life a little human in your body is kicking you.
7. You’re Nervous
This is silly. You’re about to be a parent, so what? There’s no reason to be nervous about being responsible for a little human in this big world, right? Wrong! It’s ok to be nervous about having a baby, whether it’s your first or eighth! The thought of motherhood can keep your mind racing at night. Instead of mind-battling yourself, try to take a warm bath, take deep breaths, and count to ten. Refrain from looking at your phone or TV, the blue light emitted from technology will keep you awake and suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep.
The most important thing to note, take things day by day! Every trimester will be different. Every day will be different. Listen to your body and what it’s telling you that it needs. You may not believe it through your uncomfortability, but this is an exciting time. Plus, being pregnant is a great excuse to have some more leisure time (and maybe some more dessert).
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