Getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy (and frankly anytime!) can sometimes be challenging, but it’s definitely possible. To get the most impactful sleep during your pregnancy, here are some of the things to expect and watch for so you can prepare accordingly.
Here’s the lowdown on sleep during your pregnancy and how to make the most of those precious hours
1. Try not to eat two hours before you go to bed.
Eating right before you sleep increases the likelihood of heartburn—not the best way to catch those zzzz’s!
2. Pillows & cushions are your best friend.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of getting comfy. Try a pillow between your legs and a long pillow behind your back. Or, invest in a pregnancy pillow designed for your specific needs.
3. Exercise regularly.
Even if its a gentle walk during the morning or at night, try to move once a day. Exercise relaxes your body, relieves stress and helps keep you, and the baby healthy.
4. Keep a consistent bedtime.
If you develop a habit of going to bed around the same time every night, your body becomes conditioned to fall asleep at that time. It’s also good practice for when you’ll have more regimented sleep times with your new arrival.
5. Avoid screens.
We know that screen time is detrimental to good rest, so avoid TV and your mobile device at least 1 hour before bed.
6. Steer clear of spicy foods & caffeine.
You may love them (who doesn’t love their morning cup of coffee?), but spicy foods and caffeine can put you at greater risk for acid reflux and heartburn. During your pregnancy, opt for herbal tea or water as substitutes.
What are your tips and tricks for getting a good night’s rest? Tell us in the comments!