Sleeping is the most important element in the period of pregnancy especially the first and the second trimester as the baby is still developing in the womb of the mother. A good night’s sleep is vital particularly when a woman is pregnant. However, with the changes going on in a woman’s body both physical and hormonal, a full night of sleep almost seems to be out of grasp. But there are simple changes in diet, schedules and exercise that can ensure a night of deep and peaceful sleep. Here are some tips on how to sleep better during pregnancy.
1. Avoid Napping: It’s extremely tempting, during your first trimester, to take a daytime nap your body is going through all these changes. However, napping takes away from the sleep pressure that builds over the day, leaving you with insomnia during pregnancy.
2. Stay Active: Don’t stop exercising – it keeps you in good health and improves your blood circulation (which in turn reduces leg cramps at night). Try not to exercise at night, as the spike in your adrenaline will keep you up. Exercise is must during your period of pregnancy which definitely keeps your baby and you healthy.
3. One More Hour: We’ve all wished for five more minutes of sleep, but during your pregnancy, you need a whole hour of sleep – this is important if you sleep for 6 1/2 hours or less. So head to bed an hour earlier than usual.Studies show, that if you sleep for at least 7-8 hours, you reduce the risk of a C-section.
4. Anxiety and Stress: Pregnancy can stir up a lot of worries and anxieties. It’s only natural to feel that way. However, stress and anxiety can take a toll on your body, making your muscles tired. Talk to a friend, a professional or listen to your favourite music – whatever suits you. Remember, this is the time to take care of yourself in every aspect. Once your stress is reduced, you can get a full night’s rest.
5. Keep Calm and Sleep: Have you read all the parenting books? Have you bought everything you need for the baby? These are questions that are bound to churn in your mind before you sleep. Try and avoid them. Reading, watching TV or planning lists can over-stimulate you before you rest. Leave that for tomorrow! Isn’t that what the day is for?
It is vital that you get all the sleep and rest you can get before your due date. If you do continue to experience problems with your sleep, do consult a doctor. For now, keep your body strong and your mind rested after all, the best is yet to come.
With these, it is important to have regular check ups. If you are curious to see your baby, then you can approach the best Sonographer in your place. There are many types of pregnancy scans & you can select according to your preferences. Book an appointment for pregnancy scans at Miracle Inside 3D/4D Baby Scan Centre.