Sleep and pregnancy: why you first sleep a lot and then little and badly

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A child also life. Is true. But it’s also because it changes you almost from conception, already during the first months of pregnancy. Because, even if you barely have symptoms, food feels great and you don’t feel anxious, something that most pregnant women notice in the first months is that they have a lot dream. Professionals from the Maternity areas of the hospitals of the Ribera health group explain that this sleepiness “may have its origin in the increase in progesterone, the hormone responsible for preparing the uterus for the nesting of the egg fertilized”. Generally, they add, this effect is overcome, naturally, from 15 weeks of gestation.

The most advisable position to sleep

As the Ribera Group maternity professionals explain, the most advisable position to sleep when you are pregnant is lying on your left side, with pillows or cushions placed between the knees, “because this position improves the maternal heart flow”. Logically, at the beginning of pregnancy you can hardly notice the difference between one position and another, but this is a very useful tip to apply as the weeks of gestation progress.

Sleeping on your stomach, the professionals explain, “can be uncomfortable and, in addition, it puts pressure on the maternal vena cava, which can cause the blood pressure to drop, feeling a sense of dizziness, in addition to making breathing difficult, especially according to the pregnancy progresses and the weight of the uterus”. Sleeping upside down, they add, is not advisable because of the pressure exerted on the fetus and, although it is possible to sleep on the right side, “it is more advisable to turn to the left side”.

Even with these tips on the best position to rest, it’s often difficult to get many hours of sleep in a row at the end of pregnancy. The growth of the baby puts pressure on the bladder, which forces the mother-to-be to get up quite often to go to the bathroom. In addition, the weight of one’s own belly and the baby’s movements (although no two pregnancies are the same) usually interrupt seven or eight hours of uninterrupted rest.

Tips for better sleep during pregnancy

Here are some tips given by the professionals of the Ribera health group so that expectant mothers can rest as well as possible at night:

  • Create a favorable atmosphere in which you feel good to sleep (pleasant temperature, comfortable clothes, dim light…).
  • Try to stick to a regular bedtime.
  • Try to get into bed when the first signs of sleep appear.
  • Practice gentle physical exercise (yoga, walking, pilates…).
  • Do quiet activities before going to sleep.
  • Practice relaxation.
  • Pee before you go to bed.
  • Elevate your legs to improve blood circulation, you can place pillows underneath or raise the legs of the bed.
  • Avoid eating before bed, especially if you have heartburn.
  • You can use pillows to find a more comfortable position, even what is known as a relaxation pillow, which allows you to lie on your side without tension.

This and other curiosities and advice about pregnancy, childbirth and the first months of parenting are collected on a complete website, Being Momprepared by professionals from the Maternity areas of several Ribera hospitals.

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