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Importance of Sleep during Pregnancy

Importance of Sleep during Pregnancy

It is important to have adequate sleep during pregnancy. Find out the benefits of sleeping and ways to ensure that you get a good sleep during pregnancy.

There are certain aspects that you need to take extra care of during your pregnancy tenure. This is to ensure a healthy pregnancy as well as to ensure that the unborn baby is developing in a healthy atmosphere and the delivery is smooth. Apart from the suggested workouts and dietary habits, one must also note that she is getting adequate and enough sleep during pregnancy. As, little sleep and inadequate quality sleep can render a negative impact on your pregnancy and delivery. So,
proper sleep is surely a vital aspect of a healthy pregnancy.

What is the Proper Way to Sleep During Pregnancy?

According to doctors and researchers, if the pregnant woman sleeps turning to her left side and bend her knees a little bit, least pressure is put on the womb carrying the foetus and the internal organs are also at ease. So any issues related to the comfort of the baby inside are eliminated. It is highly recommended that during the first trimester, the mother learns to sleep in this position. This position will become more effective and important during the second and third trimesters and the benefits of sleeping in this position will be eventually realised.

Eliminate Caffeine from Your Diet Totally

As mentioned earlier, it is very important that you take adequate measures to ensure that your sleep is natural and complete. Caffeine is an element that is known to keep sleep away and in most cases it is also responsible for a disturbed sleep. So, cut back on your caffeine intake, in any form and you will find that you are able to sleep with ease when you hit the bed.

Check your Fluid Intake Post Evening

There is a lot of discomfort experienced in the body when the woman is pregnant. One of them is using the bathroom frequently at night. You will notice that if you are taking in a lot of fluids after evening, the frequency of visiting the bathroom is enhanced, which in turn results in a disturbed sleep. So, in order to ensure that you get a good and comfortable sleep, try to reduce your fluid intake after evening. This of course requires the use of intelligent understanding. You must not at any case reduce the fluid intake in a manner that it keeps you thirsty or even close to feeling dehydrated.

Some Simple Ways to Ensure That You Get a Good Sleep

  1. Chart Out a Schedule – make sure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will map your biological clock accordingly.
  1. Develop a Bedtime Routine – make ways for your body to realise that it is time to sleep. Like, go for a shower or brush your teeth just before bed, or even make a ritual of applying a body lotion. These all can act as sleep triggers.
  1. Get Yourself a New Pillow or Mattress – If required; get a new pillow or mattress that will offer more comfort when you are pregnant. 

Finally, Relation of Sleep and Labour

There has been a recent interesting study conducted by the University of California, working around the relation between the possible relation of sleep and the labour hours. It has been observed that pregnant women, who got below six hours of sleep on an average during their first trimester, happened to go into about twenty-nine hours of labour. On the other hand women who got over seven hours of sleep went into about 17-17.5 hours of labour on an average. This is quite a significant difference that tells a lot about the vitality of adequate sleep during pregnancy.

Researchers have also discovered that women who slept for about 4-5 hours on an average were more likely to have a caesarean delivery. One needs to understand that a C-section is not bad, or unwanted, the only point here being that it surely requires a greater recuperation time compared to the normal vaginal delivery.

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Jayati.7 years ago
Good sleeping position helps in a good sleep. An important tip to remember is to support your feet on a pillow to prevent leg cramps.
Noah.7 years ago
Sleeping in the third trimester is very difficult. I had breathing difficulty, leg cramps and experienced constant kicks.
Sayali.7 years ago
It is very difficult to get a good sleep in pregnancy. First trimester is spent with restless nights and morning sickness. In the second trimester, there are other health problems.
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