Anybody who tells a woman in the third trimester to get her sleep while she can is clearly speaking from a place of total ignorance. Sure, it sounds like a smart idea to rest up before the middle-of-the-night feedings start, but the reality? Not even close. Most women I’ve talked to will confirm that sleep in the last weeks of pregnancy goes like this: struggle to find a comfortable position on your left side, drift off, have very strange dreams, wake up 90 minutes later with left hip and shoulder aching from the weigh pressing them into the mattress and bladder screaming to be emptied, hoist yourself up to pee, return to bed, repeat. It’s more restful than being awake all night but not by much.
I was dreading that phase of pregnancy from the moment my pee stick said “Pregnant” this time, so I’ve been really proactive about finding ways to maximize my sleep. The result is a hodge-podge of pregnancy-safe home remedies I’ve assembled to make nighttime the right time for actual sleep.
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