When I was pregnant with Amelia I rarely had a good nights sleep, especially into my third trimester when I started to get a bump, most nights I was so uncomfortable there was nothing which would make me drift off to sleep. You often hear "Get as much sleep as you can before the baby arrives" well it may sound easier than you think! Along with heartburn, numerous trips to the bathroom and baby suddenly deciding they want to kick all night it can take a while to get to sleep.
Here are a few ways to help you get some much needed shut eye:
1. Make your bed comfy - Having a comfortable bed is top of a pregnant woman's list, baby puts a lot of pressure on your body especially your back so having something to relieve some of that is key. Invest in a good mattress if yours is on the way out or you may even think its time to get a new bed. A good sturdy bed such as this Wooden sleigh bed from Revival Beds may just be what you need to help get a good nights sleep.
2. Pregnancy pillow - There are many pregnancy pillows on the market to help with aches and pains during pregnancy. A pregnancy pillow with help support your body with added comfort for sleeping on your side. You could place on pillow under knee and another under your belly. Some pillows allow for both of these positions, it's worth doing a little research to see what pillow is most suitable for your needs.
3. Avoid caffeine - A little tip if you're feeling wide away at midnight, in future don't drink caffeine after mid afternoon this included coffee and fizzy drinks and also put down the chocolate!
4. Reduce stress - Stress is a key culprit in preventing a good night's sleep. If you can talk about any problems you may have with a friend, your partner or some one you can confine in. Worrying won't help.
5. Unwind before bedtime - About 15 minutes before you go to sleep, stay away from any stimulation such as books, your phone, television or any source of noise or light. Sit down and relax, let your mind and body slowly switch off.
6. Keep heartburn at bay - Going to bed on a full stomach can be a bad idea. To prevent heartburn don't eat so close to bedtime, also try and avoid spicy or fried foods as they may worsen the symptoms.
7. Take a warm bath just before bed - A warm bath with a nice bubble bath will help sooth and relax your muscles and any aches you may have.
8. Kick your partner out of bed - If all else fails and you just can't get comfy in bed, you could always kick your partner out so you can starfish in the middle along with plenty pillows.
How did you sleep comfortably during your pregnancy?