Whether you’re struggling with indigestion or midnight toilet trips, a few lifestyle tweaks will improve your first trimester sleep no end.
You’re months off having a baby, so how come the sleepless nights are already here? One of the early pregnancy symptoms, you’ll have in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is a lack of sleep, plus early pregnancy exhaustion. But, don’t worry, a few lifestyle tweaks and you’ll be sleeping like a baby…
2) Start napping
and generally getting your head around the fact you’re having a baby can mean a bit of tossing and turning at night. And then, you’ll find yourself exhausted during the day because of the extra demands on your body. The answer? Get napping.
‘This early stage of pregnancy can leave you physically and emotionally drained so daytime sleeps can help, especially if you’re not sleeping well at night,’ says Colette.
You’ll find yourself exhausted during the day because of the extra demands on your body
4) Handle nausea
Despite the term “morning sickness”
, nausea can strike at any time of day during pregnancy – and even wake you in the night. ‘Keep a glass of water (but take small sips!) and a plain biscuit by your bed,’ says Colette. ‘Both can help to ease queasiness.’
5) Get an extra pillow
An increase in the pregnancy hormone
progesterone has a relaxing effect on pretty much everything in your body, including the opening to your stomach. This can lead to uncomfortable indigestion
at night when acid pushes back up the oesophagus.
‘Avoid eating too close to bedtime to give your food time to digest,’ says Colette. ‘Also prop your upper body up with a pillow in bed to help gravity keep stomach acids down.’ What a good excuse to nick his extra pillow.
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