Pregnancy is the single most powerful and exhausting process the female body can go through, which is why so many women talk about extreme tiredness when they’re expecting a baby. Although the end result makes it all worthwhile, the hormonal shifts, physical strain and emotional tumult of growing a baby do take their toll on the body, hence the need for more rest and sleep.
As any expectant mother will tell you, rest is never more important than when you’re carrying a child, but it’s not always that easy. Whether you’re having trouble getting comfortable at night or your active mind is keeping you awake, here are four tips to help you get enough rest during pregnancy.
The advice to “sleep while you can” when you’re pregnant can seem arbitrary and even cruel when it’s so hard to get comfortable. It’s said with the best of intentions, however, as anyone who’s ever had a baby will tell you that sleep becomes a precious commodity in the months after your child is born.
You might struggle to get a full night’s rest in your final trimester (or even beforehand if worries or frequent trips to the toilet are keeping you awake), but you should still prioritise rest whenever you can. If you have a partner, ask them to take care of the household duties like cooking and cleaning so you can get the rest you need, and resist the urge to spring clean or paint the nursery when you should be sleeping!
Keep Heartburn at Bay
Many women suffer heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy, and it can seriously affect their ability to sleep. To help keep heartburn at bay, avoid spicy and acidic foods and lay off the fried treats. It goes without saying that you should avoid alcohol and caffeine in pregnancy because of the risks to you and your baby, but these are also classic heartburn triggers. You can avoid heartburn at night by sleeping propped up on pillows and not lying down for an hour or two after eating.
Understand Your Symptoms
Understanding your pregnancy symptoms will make you more relaxed and help to keep anxiety at bay. Although the majority of unpleasant symptoms (such as morning sickness, back pain and extreme tiredness) are perfectly normal, there are others that can indicate complications. Thankfully, as long as you know the symptoms to watch out for, most pregnancy conditions can be well managed with the help of your doctor. You can keep track of your pregnancy symptoms online, which will also help you follow the different stages of your baby’s development. Whether you’re 3 weeks pregnant or 7 weeks pregnant, by heading to www.pampers.com you’re able to learn all the symptoms, as well as the size of your baby.
Accept Offers of Help
Don’t be too proud to accept help when it’s offered to you, especially when you’re feeling fatigued or overwhelmed. Realise that your friends and family want to do everything they can to make your life easier. Plus, when the baby arrives, those helping hands will be your life raft. So get used to saying “yes” now rather than trying to do everything yourself, and you’ll thank yourself down the line.