Congrats, mom! You got to the third trimester – the final third of your journey through pregnancy! But you will also notice that your belly has become substantially larger, and with that, you’ll have to make some adjustments. You guessed it – it has to do with your sleeping habits.
But we can all sleep like babies thanks to MomJunction. Today you’ll learn about what’s important, and what isn’t when it comes to sleeping with a huge tummy.
Best sleeping position?
It is probably best if you sleep on your left side during the third trimester. That’s because that position makes it easier for your blood to carry all the nutrients to your baby. If you sleep on your back though you can experience morning sickness and nausea, while the position makes it more difficult for your blood to reach the baby.
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What are the common sleep disturbances?
That big belly is disturbance number one – you’ll twist and turn until you come to a comfortable position. Of course, the second disturbance is connected to the first – the baby will pressure your bladder decreasing its capacity, which means you’ll be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. But those are just the most common symptoms. Here’s a list of other problems that might plague you:
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- Leg cramps
- Vivid dreams
- Restless leg syndrome
- Movements of your baby
Can you give me some sleeping tips then?
Sure! Use plenty of cushions and pillows to help you make your own sleeping position. Curved pregnancy pillows are also very useful in this regard. As we mentioned above, it’s best if you sleep on your left side. You can also put a pillow between your legs for additional support.
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Avoid tight nightwear – loose, comfortable, breathable nightgowns (preferably made of cotton) are your friend. Don’t be afraid to doze off whenever you feel like it, even if you’re sitting in a chair.
Light food is best, especially for dinner. Try to avoid spicy foods.
Finally, light exercises will help you greatly too. It will help your circulation and help you sleep better. Sticking to positive thoughts and relaxing 15 minutes before going to bed will also make you sleep like a baby.
Good luck, and we’re wishing you a safe delivery!