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How can I sleep comfortably in late pregnancy?

With all the physical changes your body undergoes in pregnancy, sleeping in your third trimester can be downright miserable. Compounded onto that is knowing that once your baby arrives, your opportunity for a decent night’s sleep is gone for awhile hence getting a good night’s rest in your third trimester is so important.

First, you need to understand positioning. When you are this late in pregnancy it is a bad idea to try sleeping on your back or stomach. You stomach will be uncomfortable and sleeping on your back will affect circulation to both you and your baby. This means you will have to sleep on your side. The left side is better for you when pregnant.

However, sleeping on your side will not suddenly make your aches and pains go away. Many women find comfort using additional pillows for extra support. Place a pillow behind your thighs and invest in a body pillow to either lean into or against. This support should help you sleep better.

If you are experiencing heartburn that keeps you awake, try propping yourself up with pillows or even positioning the top of the bed a few inches higher to help with digestion. Try a few different methods until you find one that works best.

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