Pregnancy Sleep Deprivation

Future parents know to expect that they will soon have to learn to live without regular sleep at night, as they adjust to their new little one in the first few months. However, few realize that sleep deprivation begins for mama long before baby is born. Happily, there are solutions that can ease her discomfort and help her still get her beauty sleep while she waits for and dreams of the new baby.

Discomfort at Night

Sleep deprivation is caused by several things during pregnancy, which generally intensify as the pregnancy progresses. The weight of the growing baby, concentrated in one small section of the body, pulls on abdominal and back muscles, keeping mothers wakeful. Babies kick and move a lot at night, since they sleep during the day when gently rocked by their mothers’ walking. This movement at night frequently causes maternal heartburn to act up. Also, pregnancy often makes women feel uncomfortably warm. Heart rates often take off unexpectedly at night, with or without previous caffeine intake. All these things can cause an expectant mother to experience sleep deprivation, and increases her need for comfort measures to help her get a good night’s rest.

The Body Pillow: An Expectant Mama’s Must-Have

A body pillow makes all the difference to a tired pregnant mama at bedtime or nap time. It allows her to distribute the baby weight, so she doesn’t feel the pressure as much–then she is able to sleep much better. Keeping the pillow between the legs helps align the spine for maximum comfort, and part of it can be propped under the belly, too, for support. Stacking up pillows to match the height of the body pillow supports the neck. Whether it is oblong, rectangular or c-shaped, a pregnant mother should have a body pillow to ease her body into sleep

Additional Tips for Sleeping Well

To reduce heartburn, women should not eat right before bed. Warm showers before heading off to bed ease muscle tension and relax the whole body. Counting the day’s blessings instead of counting sheep relaxes the mind, leading to a peaceful close to the day. Breathing techniques such as square breathing and abdominal breathing will calm the heart rates of mother and baby, relaxing them both. Naps throughout the day will help make up for wakefulness at night.

Pregnancy is full of surprises, especially for first-time mothers. Sleep deprivation is a surprise that while unpleasant, can be improved. With the right pillow and a few techniques, mom can get her rest at night, while getting ready for baby!

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