Pregnancy is the best time to get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately it can be hard to get the sleep you...
Pregnancy is the best time to get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately it can be hard to get the sleep you need. Leaping out of bed for the bathroom, leg cramps, backaches, and future baby worries aren't particularly restful. The Nemours Foundation has some helpful tips for getting a peaceful night's rest and I've got a few tricks up my sleeve as well.
- Limit your daily caffeinated drinks to the morning and early afternoon.
- Stick to a sleeping schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same times each day can really help.
- To prevent or reduce leg cramps make sure you're eating a calcium-rich diet.
- Small nibbles and sips before bed won't interrupt your dreams but large meals often can. Have the bulk of your daily water and meals earlier in the day.
- Exercise during pregnancy rocks; but not at bedtime. Have a relaxing, not energizing routine in the hours before bed. Take a warm bath, read, listen to calming music.
- My favorite sleep-inducing ritual? Have a willing partner give you a nice soothing back and shoulder rub. Beg, borrow, even trade chocolate for this luxury because you'll be dreaming in no time.
- Mix lavender, chamomile, and marjoram essential oils together and burn a few drops in a diffuser in your bedroom. You can burn these sleepy time oils separately if you don't have all three.
- Enroll in a childbirth preparation class or yoga (or both) to help you unwind and release worries about becoming a parent.