You may have been a sound sleeper all your life, but with the pregnancy underway, that likely is to change. As your belly gets bigger, getting a good night’s sleep can be increasingly difficult to achieve. Most likely, you’ll spend countless hours tossing and turning in your bed, feeling downright miserable.
At Fred’s Beds, an Atlanta discount store selling name-brand mattresses, we believe that nobody deserves to go through this! As you nurture that precious little baby, you need to get as much rest as possible. A luxuriously comfortable mattress may help your nights go by better.
While getting enough quality sleep during this time is an absolute necessity, most pregnant women encounter one or more problems that make falling and staying asleep a constant struggle.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, you may experience morning sickness (nausea), headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, and feel a frequent urge to make trips to the bathroom. This is normal since your body is going through some drastic hormonal and metabolic changes during this stage.
If it’s of any consolation, studies indicate that things will be better as the second trimester ushers in. Still, it can’t be expected that you’ll be sleeping like you did pre-pregnancy. It wouldn’t happen anytime soon. Aside from the obvious difficulty of sleeping on your back, most pregnant moms complain about heartburns and leg cramps during the second trimester.
As the last trimester sets in, you may experience lower back pain, snoring and disordered breathing, anxiety, and frequent urination. Those with iron and folate deficiencies may also suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS), a condition characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs (and less commonly in the arms) which can only be relieved by constant movement.
It may be perfectly normal for pregnant women to experience these bedtime woes, but fortunately, you don’t have to. At the very least, you can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of these symptoms so you can get enough quality shut-eye as you go through your pregnancy. Interested to learn more? Here are some tips from your friendly discount mattress outlet in Atlanta to help you sleep soundly through the night.
Working out can be difficult but you need to stay active and get some exercise to improve your circulation and avoid pregnancy-related problems (e.g. leg cramps, difficulty sleeping, etc.) Pregnancy is not an excuse to slack off but if you’re planning to work out some sweat, do it early in the day (and get your doctor’s approval before starting an exercise routine!) since working out within four hours from bedtime can keep you up at night.
Pregnant women often suffer from heartburn, so be mindful of your diet. Eat a well-balanced healthy diet and eliminate foods that trigger nausea and insomnia.
Know When to Drink (and when not to).
Expectant moms need extra fluids to ensure a healthy pregnancy and reduce leg cramps, but avoid drinking too much liquid when it’s close to bedtime since it increases your need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. If you want to reduce your nighttime trips to the bathroom, cut down on fluids after 6 PM and limit your caffeine intake.
Develop a Relaxing Bedtime Routine.
Try taking a relaxing shower, read a chapter or two of your favorite book, or listen to soothing music. Drinking a glass of warm milk or a cup of caffeine-free tea or having a small snack before bedtime also works wonders for some.
Turn your bedroom into an oasis.
Turn down the thermostat, but have an extra quilt ready at the foot of the bed in case it gets chilly in the middle of the night. Use a high-quality mattress and a stack of pillows to keep you comfortable throughout the night. You can also use a good pregnancy body pillow to provide proper support.
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Getting enough quality sleep during pregnancy can be tough when you’re pregnant but a comfortable, high-quality mattress can help you sleep soundly through the night! At Fred’s Beds, we have everything your pregnant body needs to get a good night’s sleep – for less. Visit our mattress clearance center in Cumming, GA, or call us at 770-205-2327 today and we’ll help you get the best deal on your dream mattress without spending a fortune!