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Pregnancy: 5 ways to sleep better

Pregnancy sleep tips

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “78% of women report more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times. Many women also report feeling extremely fatigued during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters”

 

Common reported issues included:

 

And we all know once baby arrives, sleepless nights will be here to stay! So are there any ways to help a mum-to-be get some shut eye? Well, we've found some great tips to help!*

 

Pregnancy sleep tips. 

 

1. Small dinner (at least 2 hrs before bed)

This can help any discomfort in your stomach during sleep as your body digests and can also ease any acid reflux.

2. Pregnancy pillow

Help get into a comfortable position with added support through a pregnancy pillow. Great for taking the weight off ankle and legs. Not sure? You can give it a go with a bed pillow between the knees.

3. Pre-bed pamper

Wind down and relax before bed. Dim the lights, get comfortable on your bed and close your eyes. Some essential oils on your wrists and meditative music can help you let go of any tension or stress to prepare you for sleep.

4. Reset

If you really can’t sleep and it’s stressing you out then get up and take a walk around ,or if available, sit on your pregnancy ball. Sometimes doing something mundane like tidying or cleaning can help relax you but remember to keep the lights low and avoid any stimulation like TV or your phone.

5. Staying active

Pregnancy can feel like a marathon in itself but it's important to make sure during the day you are keeping active through walking and moving about. A gentle swim late in the afternoon is a good way to relax your body and mind helping to ease you into a slumber that night.

 

*Source, SELF



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