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How should I deal with trouble sleeping during pregnancy?

There is a lot standing between a pregnant women and a decent night’s sleep. The body’s many changes can cause mum to be uncomfortable and unable to sleep. Unfortunately, a good night’s rest is essential for the health of both mum and baby.

One of the largest problems getting in the way of a good night’s sleep is mum’s new body size and shape. This is compounded by the fact that a pregnant mother should not be sleeping on their back or stomach. If these were comfortable positions for you before, you will need to adjust to side sleeping through many of the months of pregnancy. The addition of extra pillows – between your legs and behind your back – may prove to be beneficial in finding a comfortable night’s rest.

Other issues that get in the way include increased trips to the bathroom, digestion issues such as heartburn, cramps and aching, and a shortness of breath. Of course, your insomnia may be the result of the stress and anxiety of the impending birth and becoming a new mom.

It is important not to take any sleeping pills or other medication while pregnant. Techniques that may help include cutting back on caffeine, keeping a regular sleeping schedule, eating a smaller meal before retiring or eating earlier in the evening. Change your exercise routine to the morning, avoid drinking too much before bed, and try a relaxing bath before lying down.

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