** All recommendations on this blog are for guidance, always follow your doctor’s recommendations as your main source of medical advice.
It is a well known fact that sleep is important for our physical and mental well being. But what happens during pregnancy when sleep is disrupted by aches or having to get up and use the bathroom (countless times!)? Many women complain of feeling worn down or not feeling well rested the next day, especially as the pregnancy progresses. This fatigue can lead to poor concentration, feeling decreased motivation, becoming easily irritable or withdrawing from others. In order to manage sleep challenges during pregnancy I recommend a few things – first, resting is better than being up and alert, so let your body relax and do not pressure yourself to be in a deep sleep. If you get breaks at work or during the day, close your eyes for 10 minutes. If you need more pillows at night, use them to prop up and find a more comfortable position. Keeping hydrated is important but monitor how late you are drinking liquids to decrease the number of late night bathroom trips. And if your mood or energy are being impacted by sleep, take naps early in the day to recharge. The more you can rest and learn good techniques now, the better you will be when baby arrives and let’s you know his schedule for sleep!