Shaping a baby is hard on your body, so it will tire quickly. But as your pregnancy progresses, you may find it hard to sleep.
You may find it difficult to find a sleeping position that is right for your growing baby. If you have always slept on your stomach or back, changing sides may be difficult, as with age, it becomes more difficult to change positions in bed.
Other circumstances that may prevent you from falling asleep include:
- Frequent trips to the bathroom.
- Increased heart rate.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Aches and pains.
- Stress and dreams.
Solutions to improve your sleep
Consider lying on your side. The most comfortable position is usually on your side, with your knees bent. This makes it easier for the heart to pump because the baby does not put pressure on the main vein that carries blood from the legs to the heart.
Many medical professionals advise pregnant women to sleep on their left side. In addition, sleeping on the left side promotes blood flow to the kidneys, uterus, heart and fetus. It also relieves liver tension. It is acceptable to switch to the right side for a while if your left hip is very painful, and avoid sleeping on your back.
Also, consider placing pillows between the legs or under the belly. Similarly, placing a blanket or pillow in your lower back and rolling it up can reduce pressure. For some relief from stiff hips, you can also try placing an egg carton-type mattress on your side of the bed. It also helps to have extra cushions on hand to support the body.