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Tips to get sleep comfortably during pregnancy!

As your pregnancy progresses from second to third trimester, you will find trouble in getting into comfortable sleeping position. These are the result of anxiety and stress, hormonal fluctuations, and physical discomfort. Actually, you may sleep more than usual during the first trimester of your pregnancy and in your last trimester of pregnancy most women have interrupted sleep due to enlarged belly.

Some common problems that may disturb your sleep is frequent trips to bathroom, leg cramps, shortness of breath, heart burn, anxiety and stress and dreams.

Tips to beat those discomforts are listed below:

  • Do not drink fluids before going bed time as you may feel the urge to urinate often. Drink water in sips throughout the day.

  • Cut down on caffeinated drink like soda, coffee, and tea and chocolates.

  • Avoid heavy meals, oily and spicy foods that are triggers to heart burn and indigestion. Give yourself two to three hours for the food to digest before you head to bed.

  • You can have some light snack like a fruit or crackers before going to bed to prevent nausea.

  • Say no to smoking and alcohol which may hinder your sleep and also does harm to your baby’s health.

  • Do not exercise right before your bed time.

  • Practice some relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or reading books or listening to music to help you in sound sleep.

  • Get into regular sleep time routine.

  • Take short naps of 30-60 minutes during the day to make up for lost sleep.

  • Make your bedroom sound proof, warm and cozy that can immediately put you off to sleep.

Always, try to keep your position to left while sleeping to increase the blood circulation.

If you wake up at night for no reason, don't fret! Interrupted sleep during pregnancy is perfectly natural. You may try out a different home environment to sleep while your music is on, which is known to soothe your mind and body.

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