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Why Pregnant Women Should Sleep More

By on March 9, 2009

sleep-during-pregnancyPregnancy is an important phase in a woman’s life. To make it a soothing experience and preparing for a healthy child by your side, sleeping in time of pregnancy is essential in all three trimesters. Earlier there was a belief that less sleep was beneficial for the expecting mother. Later, it has been proved medically that good amount of sleep improves the expecting mother’s as well as the baby’s health inside.

Rest well and enjoy dreaming of your baby that you will cuddle with after a few months. Proper rest will allow your body to secret necessary hormones that take care of your body. As a result, your baby inside the cavern of your womb gets nourished. It is obvious that many negative thoughts and anxiety will come to play in your mind.

However, you should not allow these thoughts to steal your sleep. Boost yourself with positive thoughts, sharing your feelings with your family members and reading good books on children and topics that make your mind peaceful.

Your night-time sleep must be undisturbed. However, short naps in daytime also do wonder for your body’s comfort. In the first trimester, sleep is more required because the body undergoes a lot of changes everyday. Your desire to urinate increase and you lack energy the more you need to wake up to go to bathroom.

Keep your way to bathroom free from any blocks to avoid any chance to stumble and fall. Drinking water frequently throughout the daytime and taking less water before bedtime at night is good for your health.

Your sleeping position may need to be changed as your tender and sore breasts may put hindrance for regular pattern of sleeping. Doctors say that sleeping on your left side allow the blood circulation to be good. Also, there is no restriction; your body will wake you up to change position if it needs. You may buy differently shaped pregnancy pillows that make yours sleeping really comfortable.

Take bath before sleeping in the third trimester and wet your feet before sleeping. This phase is for getting ready for the childbirth gradually. A light exercise or swimming or a brisk walking in the afternoon makes your bedtime sleepy and comfortable.

A caution – never allow yourself to lie on your back for long time, because it may put pressure on your spine, back muscles and intestine. Sleep well with your baby inside and have a sweet dream to see him or her sleeping by your side very soon.

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