So you’re pregnant. Or you’re thinking of becoming pregnant. Congratulations! There are so many wonderful things that happen when you have a bun in the oven - you get that beautiful glow, you get to park in the “Expectant Mother” parking spaces at stores, and most importantly, at the end of your journey you get a beautiful baby...sometimes 2, or 3, or more! But you also worry. How are you going to find clothes that fit? Are you going to return to work or be a stay at home mom? What about sleep? How will you be able to sleep with that big belly in front of you?
Pregnancy may be natural and wonderful but it’s understandably not easy, especially when it comes to your sleep patterns. Fluctuating hormone levels can cause issues with you falling or staying asleep. Kidneys producing more urine mean more visits to the restroom, even in the middle of the night. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as heartburn) is a common symptom while pregnant, and this acid coming up your throat doesn’t help you sleep. It’s not uncommon for someone pregnant to suffer from RLS - restless leg syndrome, which is typically more prevalent at night, and also a disrupter of sleep.
How do you counteract these bodily changes to get the best rest when you’re expecting? The first thing you should focus on is how you sleep. What position do you sleep in? Various articles tout that a pregnant woman should sleep on her side (specifically, her left side) to keep the uterus off of other organs while sleeping. Pillows can be a lifesaver when pregnant. It’s not uncommon to have lower back pain, so using a pillow on this part of the back can assist with alleviating some of the pressure felt there. Some women prefer to place a pillow between their legs while sleeping as this makes them more comfortable. There are many great full size and compact pillows that you can purchase to use while pregnant. These pillows are also great to use after your pregnancy. When looking at pillows, the cover must be removable and washable to keep out pesky germs. (I bet you guessed right - that all of the pillows from Lavender & Chamomile have removable covers!)
Whether or not you are pregnant, don’t forget all of the other tips to get your best rest, such as minimizing caffeine intake. When pregnant you wouldn’t want to have too much caffeine, anyway, as caffeine usage can result in higher blood pressure or heart rate, and low birth weight of your baby, among other negative consequences. Don’t drink too many fluids too close to bedtime, either. Don’t forget to make your room your sanctuary. Putting the cutest, most comfortable sheets on your bed will surely help your slumber.