Pregnancy opens you up to a world of sleepless nights. Due to the variety of changes that your body is going through, you just do not get sleep no matter how much you try. Your body goes through a lot of discomfort because of the increased size of your abdomen, back pain, heartburn and shortness of breath.
There is one position that has been declared the best position for pregnant women to sleep in, which is the SOS (Sleep On Side) position.
Sleeping on your side, with your knees bent and a pillow in between your legs is found to be the most comfortable position. It is said that sleeping on the left side is more comfortable, as this will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby, but there is no proof of it, so feel free to move around.
If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position, and place a pillow under your abdomen as well. If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try elevating your upper body with pillows. In late pregnancy, you may experience shortness of breath, during these times, prop up your side with pillows.
The one way you should try to avoid sleeping is on your back. This can lead to a lot of issues like backaches, breathing problems, problems with digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and can cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby.This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).
3 ways to sleep better:
1. Extra pillows
This is to ease out the pressure on your hips, thereby reducing any pain, place pillows in the required areas where you feel pressure.
2. Support bands
Buy a maternity band to wear during the day, so it will ease out your pain at night.
3. Watch what you eat
Eating smaller and milder portions helps avoid fullness and also the pain the reflux.