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...
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.
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!
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First trimester of pregnancy is a blend of excitement, surprises and nervousness. Between coping with the changes both mentally and physically, some mother feel...
First trimester of pregnancy is a blend of excitement, surprises and nervousness. Between coping with the changes both mentally and physically, some mother feel great and some may feel horrible. Some may feel fatigued all the time yet unable to sleep.
Listed below are some of the reasons -why sleeping is a challenge, how to resolve these challenges and get good rest during the first trimester
First Trimester Sleep Challenges
Prepare yourself for the sleep challenges in second trimester!
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The second trimester may arrive as a relief to exhausted first-time mothers. You will start feeling more energetic, with subsiding nausea, hormones balancing of...
The second trimester may arrive as a relief to exhausted first-time mothers. You will start feeling more energetic, with subsiding nausea, hormones balancing off and reduced numbers of bathroom visits. Hope, the article on first trimester sleeping tips was helpful, and here we are with another informative one on helping you with second trimester sleeping troubles.
Second Trimester Sleep Challenges-
Heartburn. With enlarging uterus, breathing becomes low, the intestines and esophageal sphincter gets displaced resulting reflux causing heartburn, particularly when sleeping on back.
Nightmares. If you are stressed out regarding your baby’s growth, your parenting abilities, or something else can produce vivid dreams interfering your good night’s rest.
Cramps. Leg cramps or distressing cramps mostly in calf can frighten you awake.
Avoid Heartburn-Inducing Foods. Don’t eat large quantity of fried, spicy and acidic foods, like tomatoes, citrus fruits and coffee. Sleep with your head elevated on pillows. Also, take frequent small meals.
Remain calm. Try to get at least eight hours sleep at a night. Relaxed mind is the only key to get a good night sleep. Try meditation, prenatal yoga, warm baths; having tryptophan-rich foods such as turkey, milk and bananas and lastly, see a counselor if vivid dreams are disturbing you.
Managing Cramps. If you do get a painful leg cramp, flex your foot like expand your heel and point your toes toward your head. A calcium imbalance can lead to leg cramps. Take calcium rich diet and avoid carbonated drinks.
Don’t lie down immediately after eating. The digestive process takes a longer during pregnancy and sitting up will help keep stomach acids where they fit in.
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Have you been experiencing a burning sensation lately? Hyperacidity, heartburn, acid indigestion and gastrointestinal disorder are common issues during pregnan...
Have you been experiencing a burning sensation lately?
Hyperacidity, heartburn, acid indigestion and gastrointestinal disorder are common issues during pregnancy. You may experience a burning sensation initiated from the base of the breastbone that travels to the top of the throat. It is due to physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy and this typically occurs after meals. Many women have acidity and/or heartburn during pregnancy; it’s common and mostly harmless; yet, uncomfortable and painful.
What causes acidity in pregnancy?
During pregnancy, placenta produces progesterone hormone, to relax the smooth muscles of the womb. This relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to leak back up the pipe resulting in an uncomfortable burning sensation also known as heartburn. During later pregnancy, your growing baby sometime leaves the surrounding organs squeezed which may slow down the movement of foods from your stomach to your intestines causing acidity.
What can help you out?
You can’t eliminate it completely, but there are tips to minimize it:
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It is always beneficial to drink abundance of water throughout the day and it is particularly important for pregnant women to drink lots of water. During pregna...
It is always beneficial to drink abundance of water throughout the day and it is particularly important for pregnant women to drink lots of water. During pregnancy your vital organs require water to function properly and to cope with the demands of your changing body. Water is an essential component of breastmilk and good for lactation also.
How much water should you drink?
While pregnant, you will need to drink extra water than normal course; you should try to drink about 10-12 glasses of water in a day and you will require more during summers or if you are exercising. Do not let yourself feel thirsty, keep drinking water at regular intervals.
Do other drinks could be a part of fluid intake?
However, water is the best choice in terms of health benefits. Fruit juices are always a good source of vitamins and minerals but try to avoid juices with added sugars and additives. Try decaffeinated versions as these are better for your baby.
Why is it crucial to drink water during pregnancy?
What if You don’t like plain water during pregnancy ?
Although water contains no calories or additives and has a wide range of benefits. Still, if you don’t like the taste of water, which is common to happen during pregnancy when your taste for specific things changes, do not worry, drink plain water whenever possible, otherwise try adding a wedge of lime; you can also choose a sugar-free cordial and don’t make it too strong.
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