TIPS ON THE RIGHT SLEEPING POSITION WHEN PREGNANT

Hey mama!!!

Is this your first pregnancy?

Are you scared on the best sleeping position to avoid hurting your baby?

Congratulations, you landed on the right blog.

Firstly, congratulations mama, we wish you a smooth preggy phase and a smooth delivery with no complications…Amen.

Medically, it’s recommended that every pregnant mother should sleep with their side. It’s ideal for you and your baby-to-be. This position allows for maximum blood flow and nutrients to the placenta (which means less pressure on the vena cava) and enhances kidney function, which means better elimination of waste products and less swelling in your feet, ankles and hands.

As recommended, pregnant women should avoid lying flat on their back or directly on their stomach because lying on your back may cause more work and stress on your heart because the baby’s weight can put excessive pressure on your inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the feet and legs and abdomen back to the heart thereby reducing blood flow to the placenta. Also, sleeping on your back directly as a pregnant woman will cause your extreme backache.

Here are few position tips that would help you get comfy while sleeping on your side.

  • Use lots of pillows: Try crossing one leg over the other and putting one pillow between them and another pillow behind your back or any other combination that helps you sleep.
  • Get a special pillow: For extra support, try using a wedge-shaped pillow or a 5-foot full-body pregnancy pillow.
  • Prop yourself up: If pillows don’t help, try sleeping in a semi-upright position in a recliner (if you have one) instead of the bed.

More Steps to Sleeping Better While Pregnant

  • Limit caffeine: Try not to drink coffee or caffeinated tea after 3 p.m.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drink lot of water throughout the day, but limit intake a couple of hours before bedtime so you don’t have to wake up and go to the bathroom.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes: Exercise helps you sleep better, but don’t exercise within four hours of bedtime.
  • Relaxing activities: A warm bath, foot or shoulder massage will help you relax.
  • Peaceful bedroom: Keeping your bedroom dark, quiet and cool at night will help to drift off to sleep and stay asleep.

Note: Keep in mind, it’s normal to feel uncomfortable for a few nights or even a few weeks. Your body will most likely adjust to a new position given time.

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