Best Ways To Sleep While Pregnant
You’re here because you need a good night's sleep! Well, let’s dive right into it, and hopefully, by the end of this, you have the tips and tricks you need to find comfortable, rejuvenating, uninterrupted rest.
Although sleep issues can crop up at any point throughout pregnancy, they are most commonly experienced in the second and third trimesters. The leading cause behind sleep-related problems is actually hormonal changes. Unfortunately, though, the lack of sleep leads to additional discomforts throughout pregnancy, including:
- Hot flashes
- Leg cramps
- Baby movement
- Morning sickness
All of this makes it all the more difficult to find a comfortable position and drift off to sleep. Never fear! Below we cover the best positions for you and your growing baby belly to find a good night's sleep.
To start, we just want to review the two positions you want to avoid while pregnant, your back and stomach. Sleeping on your back during your third trimester may increase blood pressure and the risk of stunted baby growth. Sleeping on your stomach gets more difficult as your belly grows and may cause pain in your shoulders, neck, and back.
Best Ways To Sleep While Pregnant
Sleep on Your Left
Sleeping on the left has proven benefits for you and your baby and promotes blood flow to your heart and brain.
Sleep on Your Right
Some research indicates that sleeping on your right could restrict blood flow to your heart and brain, but recent research highlights how sleeping on your side is generally better than sleeping on your back or stomach. In addition, new research states that sleeping on either side is safe and doesn’t increase your risk of stillbirth.
Tips for Even Better Sleep
Many of the below tips you will already know, but it’s good to refresh and examine what you can change about your bedtime routine.
- Limit screen time before and in bed
- Take a warm bath
- Prepare and go to sleep at the same time every night
- Avoid naps during the day
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid spicy foods
- Invest in a pregnancy pillow
Self-Care While You Sleep
Now that you are set up for a good night's sleep, may we suggest inserting some much-needed self-care? While you are sleeping is actually the best time to tackle stretch marks.
Our non-invasive, chemical-free silicone patches are made with mamas in mind! They create a microclimate between the silicone and the skin to stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. All you have to do is update your nighttime skincare routine to see the results in as little as 30 days.
Follow our founder's step-by-step guide below to get started!
- Begin each treatment by cleaning the area using a soft and gentle cream-to-foam cleanser similar to our Claraprep.
- After removing any oils and dry skin, thoroughly dry your belly before applying our patches.
- Apply one to each side of your stomach and an extra one right in the center of your belly.
- When ready, gently remove the patches, clean them with Patch Prep, and let them air dry before reapplying to the backing card.
- Finish with a hyaluronic moisturizer, similar to Clarasome, to keep the top layer of your skin hydrated.
When you wake up, you will have experienced a full night of comfortable sleep, and your belly will have received some targeted TLC. That is the best of both worlds!