Sleep can feel like a long forgotten friend during pregnancy, particularly in your last trimester. The more your baby grows the more difficult it can be to find a comfortable sleeping position. Your sleep can be interrupted due to frequent urination, indigestion, heartburn, leg cramps and more. Just remember, you are not alone! According to the National Sleep Foundation, 78% of women reported they had trouble sleeping during their pregnancy.
Doctors recommend that you do not sleep on your stomach or back. It is recommended that you sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side puts less pressure on the vena cava, a large vein that returns blood to the heart from the lower body. If this vein were to become compressed it could potentially cut off circulation. That being said, doctors agree it is okay to sleep on your right side if that is more comfortable for you.
Once you choose which side feels best for you, reacquaint yourself with big, comfy pillows—lots of pillows! Pillows will be your best friend. Some women favor a wedge shaped pillow for optimal support. Others prefer using a full length body pillow. If you want to make it work with what you already have, try putting one pillow between your legs and another under your back. You’ll know what works best for you. If you and your partner are willing to spurge, a memory foam mattress can be life changing!
The article Sleeping During Pregnancy offers great tips for successful sleeping. It’s best to not drink too many fluids or eat a large meal at night. This can interfere with your sleep by way of frequent urination and heartburn. If you do wake up with heartburn try propping your body up with a pillow. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday will help set your body clock. Try to do a relaxing activity, such as reading, soaking in a hot bath, or drinking a warm beverage about 15 minutes before you plan on going to sleep.
If you are having trouble either falling asleep or going back to sleep, try practicing some relaxation techniques. Fifteen minutes of stretching, yoga, or deep breathing can lower your heart rate and reduce any stress or anxiety you may be feeling.Or, you can head over to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website and start learning about how you can qualify for a breast pump through insurance today!