Whether you already have a baby on the way or are pondering the prospect of parenthood, how to sleep when pregnant is an issue that often pops up. You probably already know that we spend around a third of our lives in bed. So getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone.
No more so, surely, than when you’re sleeping for two rather than one. Getting a good night’s rest can be key when it comes to the health and wellbeing of you and your baby. If you’re wondering how to sleep during pregnancy, then this guide can provide a few simple pointers.
First of all, let’s have a look at why sleep patterns can be affected by pregnancy.
The relationship between pregnancy and sleep
The first thing you need to know is this. If you’re struggling with tiredness during your pregnancy, then you really are far from alone! Tiredness is so common throughout the nine months.
So why is this the case? It’s often down to hormonal changes. These can make you feel more emotional, a little nauseous - and of course oh so drowsy when a baby is growing inside you.
It’s not always only hormones at play here. Carrying a considerable amount of additional weight can also make you feel tired. As can the lack of sleep than can be caused by your bump getting in the way, or the little one keeping you awake by kicking throughout the night. Or your constant need for the loo.
What can you do about it? Getting as much rest as possible is one way to tackle the problem. But that can be easier said than done.
If you’re struggling with sleep when you’re pregnant, here are a few hacks. These should help you get enough rest for both of you (or even three if you’re expecting twins).