Pregnancy poses a host of challenges to the expectant mother as it leads to physical and biological changes in the body. As the pregnancy progresses, hormonal changes in the body and the enlargement of your baby bump makes it difficult to sleep in your preferred time and positions. What with the nocturnal kicking and the painful muscle cramps at the middle of the night? And that’s not all. As the pregnancy grows, there are maternity rules to observe throughout your pregnancy such as sleeping in specific dispositions. This makes it all difficult to sleep comfortably. That’s why it’s paramount to make some adjustments in your lifestyle so as to make the pregnancy discomforts bearable. Here are some 5 lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better even as your baby bump grows bigger.
Avoid daytime naps.
You will often feel exhausted and sleepy in the course of the day as your pregnancy progresses. And you may be tempted to take a nap during the day so as to overcome the intense sleepiness. Even then, taking daytime naps makes it harder to have a good night snooze. The result is waking up feeling anxious and exhausted rather than feeling refreshed and energized for the day ahead.
Refine your diet.
The types of food you eat and the times you consume them have a great bearing on how well, or bad, you sleep. Taking a lot of fluids just before retiring to bed, for instance, will lead to uneven sleep as you have to visit the washrooms from time to time. Other fluids such as alcohol and caffeine products will end up keeping your brain alert thus affecting your sleep rythym.
Prop your body for comfort.
As your belly burgeons, it exerts more stress on your back area making you feel tired and uncomfortable. Likewise, your hip areas handle more pressure leading to aches and muscle cramps from time to time. To ease the pressure, source for a pregnancy pillow that will act as a cushion to your body. A pregnancy pillow, additionally, creates a relaxed environment leading to an increase in blood flow thus stimulating a good night sleep. You can as well put an extra body pillow between your legs to increase support to your groin area.
Check your stress and anxiety levels.
A change in your hormones and physical discomforts makes it easy to get irritated by even the simplest mischief in your surroundings. Even then, you should strive to keep your stress levels in check. Agonizing over things you can’t control will only overburdens your already tired brain alert and this makes it harder to sleep. On the contrary, harnessing your nesting instincts gives your body a calming effect and makes it easy to have a rhythmic snooze when night falls.
An exercise, apart from conditioning your body for the labour and delivery, help fight stress-releasing chemicals and also conditions your body muscles thus reducing clamps. More so, the resulting fatigue will make your body itch for the snooze when the evening comes. You should, exercise with care to prevent injuring yourself or endangering the pregnancy.
Carrying a pregnancy is no doubt a unique experience for every mother. However, the challenges that come with gravidity can also pose a myriad of challenges including sleeping difficulties. With tips above, you can make your sleep bearable and the experience unique in every way.