8 Practical Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep During Pregnancy

Yawwwn! One of the things I forgot about pregnancy is how difficult it can be to sleep well and get a full-night’s rest. It’s weird because I am more tired than usual and you would think that would mean a sounder, longer sleep, but it’s not the case. I know I am not alone — everything from warding off those pesky symptoms to finding a comfortable position for your growing belly can be a challenge.

As I near the end of my second trimester (what?) and head into the super growth time of the third trimester, I know that sleep is likely to become even more sparse, but so far I have been able to find some tricks and changes that have been bettering the whole sleeping thing. I was lucky in that I started to show a lot later than my previous pregnancies so the whole comfort thing was not as complicated, but now there’s no doubt I have a giant soccer ball-belly and all the other fun things that come along with this stage of pregnancy.

Click through and read these practical tips on how to get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy:

  • 8 Practical Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep During Pregnancy 1 of 9

    Here are 8 tips that have made a big difference for me when it comes to getting a good night's sleep during pregnancy:

  • Buy a Good Body Pillow 2 of 9

    I got a body pillow earlier on, but as I grew I realized it wasn't the right one for pregnancy. You need something big that you can easily roll over with and once I got one, sleeping changed for the better. It's great to be able to prop my belly, head and hips on something and stay aligned -- especially since I'm naturally a tummy sleeper.

  • Exercise! 3 of 9

    I stopped for a while because the nausea and vomiting took over and while it's not gone away, I've noticed that when I am active (even just a 30 minute walk a day), I sleep so much better at night. Don't exercise too late in the day or it could have the opposite effect.

  • Lower Your Caffeine 4 of 9

    You're likely doing this already since you're pregnant, but try to limit when you have your tea and/or coffee so it's not too close to bedtime. I've noticed for me, if I don't, it makes my restless legs so much worse which means it's harder to sleep.

  • Take a Bath 5 of 9

    One of my favorite things to do that helps me sleep so much is taking a warm (not hot) bath with lavender epsom salts. It's like one of the most amazing, calming things for me and I do it each night. It calms my stress, eases the aches and pains, plus takes away those restless legs.

  • Use White Noise 6 of 9

    I am obsessed with my fan for white noise and can't sleep without it. I find it to be quite calming and eases me right to sleep.

  • Keep the Room Cool 7 of 9

    I joke that when I am pregnant my "oven" is always on and it makes sense since I seem to be the only one who's hot when everyone else seems chilled. For me to sleep though, and combat any pregnancy sweats, I like to keep the room cool. The best for me is a window open for that fresh air.

  • Don’t Eat Too Late 8 of 9

    Laying down while pregnant and experiencing heartburn and/or nausea and vomiting is not one of my favorite things. Add that to a stomach that's being pushed out of normal alignment and hormones that slow things down, that's a recipe for extra heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. I've noticed for me that if I stop eating at least 3 hours before bed, that eases all of those symptoms for me (plus my medication) and it's not going to keep me from sleeping.

  • Chat Out Your Stress 9 of 9

    Pregnancy and upcoming labor and birth and whole life changing can bring a lot of stresses to it. For me, this pregnancy has been stressful and with a labor and birth coming up in less than 3 months in a manner that I've not personally experienced, I have some added stress. I've found it so helpful to chat those stresses and fears out to my husband and/or friends and that way I tend to think of them less when I should be sleeping.

:: What tips do you have for getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy? Share in the comments! ::

Photo credits: photostock


Article Posted 3 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments

Related Videos