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Safer sleeping positions during pregnancy

Safer sleeping positions during pregnancy

Are you pregnant and facing sleeping troubles? Do not worry! This is not unusual and you are not alone!

With progressing pregnancy, it gets difficult to have a sound sleep! Unfortunately, your usual sleeping habits may no longer work for you especially after fifth month of pregnancy. There are numerous reasons behind this new discomfort. Reasons that make you uncomfortable include back pain, increased girth, heartburn, shortness of breath and insomnia.

Here are some sleeping positions that may help you get the much needed rest.

Most Advised Sleeping Positions during pregnancy

Always prefer to sleep on your side particularly on your left side. Resting on your left side will pamper the flow of blood and nutrients reaching the placenta. It is also supportive for proper functioning of your kidneys which helps in reducing swelling from your hands, ankles or feet.

  • While sleeping bend your legs and knees and put a pillow between your legs.
  • If you have back pain, try placing a pillow under your abdomen also.
  • If you experience heartburn or shortness of breath while sleeping, try propping your upper body with pillows. This will keep acids of your body down.
  • If you feel pressure on your hips, place a piece of soft foam on your mattress. It’ll improve your comfort and air circulation.

What to Avoid?

Avoid sleeping on your back. These can lead to problems like backache, breathless, dizziness, fluctuating blood pressure and poor digestive system. All this is because of your uterus pressurizing your intestines and major blood vessels.

Also avoid sleeping on your stomach. During first trimester, your breasts may become sore when you lie on your front. And as your body weight increases, it will become more difficult to lie on your stomach.

Lastly, remember that you should not continue in one position all night; rotating sleeping positions is important as well.

Watch out for sleeping tips in different tri-semesters of pregnancy, starting with the first one! 

Help your pregnant friend sleep well, share these quick tips with her!

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