Apart from a few common complaints, my pregnancy was a time of great joy (when I wasn’t experiencing back pain or pelvic symphysis), excitement and anticipation. But when it came to sleep during pregnancy, I reckon Mr G was close to kicking me out of the bed and into another room.
I’ve always been a good sleeper, a little too good in fact. I’ll sleep through an earthquake or explosion if you let me. But when I was pregnant, goddamn it was tough. It wasn’t just my belly that made it uncomfortable, it was the lower back pain that I experienced in both pregnancies that made it really hard to get comfortable and have a proper sleep. I would toss and turn like crazy. Oh, and I snored. I didn’t find that much of a problem but Mr G did.
What does the pregnancy sleep expert say?
Sealy spokesperson and mum, Kerrie Hockless explains the importance of a quality night’s sleep for mums-to-be.
“Considering the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy and the prevalence of sleep disorders among pregnant women, it’s no wonder that expectant mothers become so tired. At Sealy, we innovate to create the essential support that Australians, including pregnant women, need to get a vital night’s sleep.”
See Kerrie’s five golden rules to assist in a restful night’s shut eye below
Kerrie’s Expert Tips That May Assist Pregnancy Sleep
Elevate to alleviate – Add an extra pillow under your head before you lie down each night. Sleeping with your head elevated may help alleviate heartburn, a common problem for many mums to be.
Pregnancy positions – In the third trimester your body might begin to ache from lying in the one position. If you feel like your bed isn’t giving you the support you need, it has been suggested that you try sleeping on your left-hand side. This may allow for the best blood flow for the body. Also, avoiding lying flat on your back for a long period of time may also assist.
Get the right support – Special “pregnancy” pillows may help you sleep better however if you’re looking for full body support you may want to consider a mattress that assists with full body support, particularly in the lower back area, which is where most mattresses tend to dip. At Sealy, we’re often told that partner disturbance is the main cause for Aussies being woken at night, so we focus on cradling the lower back and supporting your bodyweight to help assist you having a deep, restful night’s sleep
Schedule naps – Nap time is not just for bubs. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 51 percent of pregnant or recently pregnant women reported at least one weekday nap and 60 percent reported at least one weekend nap. Your body is more tired. Listen to it. If you can, schedule a nap around midday to relax and refresh.
Slow down before you stop – Light exercise such as a brisk walk is good for blood flow and relaxation, however, don’t do too much before bedtime. The hours prior to sleep should be about winding down so, before you go to bed, try a warm bath or shower. You can also practice relaxing breathing techniques while in bed.
What’s your pregnancy sleep secret?
Sealy has been providing Australians with the support they need to sleep better for over 60 years.
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