The first trimester
The little life inside you has only just made itself known and yet for some reason you're so exhausted. All that you've read says you won't be sleeping much in the first year your child is born, so it seems a little unfair that you're not able to sleep now either.
At such an important time in your baby's growth it's crucial you're rested and healthy. Ensuring you don't drink too many fluids close to your bedtime is beneficial, as is exercising early on in the day. What is particularly important though, is taking a regularly planned afternoon nap. Ensuring that you have a properly supportive mattress for this is a must. In this article we'll take a look at the best options to guarantee you a restful sleep throughout pregnancy.
How to sleep
If you're a stomach sleeper make the most of this position whilst you can, as soon your growing belly will make it impossible. It's generally recommended that you sleep on your left hand side as this position helps blood and nutrients to flow to your baby and womb and helps your kidneys get rid of waste and fluids.
THE SECOND TRIMESTER
At this stage your body has become more accustomed to being pregnant, but there are still certain issues. Heartburn as the baby leans on the stomach can be aggravated as you lie down, and leg cramps and vivid dreams can all disrupt your sleep.
Eating lighter foods towards the end of the day, avoiding spicy foods and staying upright for a few hours after eating can help to ease some of the heartburn that you're suffering from. At this stage in your pregnancy the pressure of your baby's weight in your body may be making you feel uncomfortable and the only way to relieve this is by having the best possible support. A soft mattress is recommended to take some of the strain away from your body and permit you a restful sleep.
HOW TO SLEEP
As you enter the most intensive stage of your pregnancy it's time to start considering improving your sleep environment. Softer bedding and supportive cushions are purchases that you'll be grateful for in the future. Memory foam mattresses can be beneficial as they contour to your body, providing support where needed.
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fixing your nightly issues
As you enter the most intensive stage of your pregnancy it's time to start considering improving your sleep environment. Softer bedding and supportive cushions are purchases that you'll be grateful for in the future. Our memory foam mattresses contour to the curves in your body to completely support you and our stock of pillows, in a range of materials, are suitable for propping between limbs for true comfort.
The third trimester
The end of your pregnancy often means waking up multiple times in the night but right now is when you need it most for a safe and easy labour. Lower back pain may now begin to aggravate you as a heavy baby weighs on your spine.
You may find that you and your partner have very different sleep requirements at this stage in pregnancy and getting out of bed can be a particularly strenuous activity. Adjustable beds with individual settings allow you to get comfortable at any angle and also help to propel yourself from your mattress.
HOW TO SLEEP
To take stress off your lower back and increase circulation to your baby try to sleep on your left side. Pillows between knees, behind your back and under a heavy stomach will ease discomfort, as will frequent stretching.
During this life-changing process it's crucial that your sleep isn't hampered in any way. Following our helpful solutions should relieve some of the sleeping problems commonly associated with pregnancy. However it's important to be aware of the effect your mattress may be having on your sleep at this time, too. Making sure you and your baby are properly supported is the only certain way to achieve essential rest.