When you are pregnant, sleep can be a real problem. A bigger belly makes sleep less comfortable and, if that’s not enough, you may find that you begin to have strange dreams. Finding a comfortable position is next to impossible, and when you finally do, it’s time to get up and go to the bathroom for the 100th time in one night. So here are seven valuable tips to make sleep easier for all mommies to be.
1. Eat a light dinner. If you eat too much or eat fatty foods, you may experience heartburn that will make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
2. Drink something warm. For obvious reasons steer clear from strong teas or coffee, on the other hand a glass of warm milk is great to sip on before bedtime; it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep.
3. Make sure you air out your bedroom. This one benefits not only moms but also dads to be. Your bedroom shouldn’t be hot but rather slightly cool during the night. Hot rooms will make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
4. Try sleeping on your left side. This position increases the amount of nutrients and blood that reach the placenta and your baby.
5. Prop yourself with pillows. Slightly bend your knees and place a pillow between your legs and under your abdomen. You can also put one under your back. Make as many adjustments as necessary until you feel comfortable.
6. Relax. Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be very stressful. Before bedtime try not to focus on the fact that the baby’s nursery isn’t painted the right color or how afraid you are of the delivery. If you do catch yourself thinking about those things, take a few deep breaths and try to clear your mind. Remind yourself that you and your baby need a restful night and everything else can be dealt with in the morning.
7. Strange dreams are normal. Some believe that dreams are a reflection of your emotional state, and pregnancy can sometimes feel like an emotional roller coaster. Although it is not known what exactly causes moms-to-be to have exceptionally strange, vivid and memorable dreams, you should know that millions of pregnant women experience strange dreams and that it is perfectly normal.
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