Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect us when our babies are here – it strikes in pregnancy as well…
I remember all too well…
- the dreams – chances are we remember more of our dreams in pregnancy because, for many of us, our sleep is disturbed more often and we wake up after our dreams.The Babycentre website has some great pages about dreaming in pregnancy:
- the constant need for a wee – there’s not a lot of room for wee when there’s a growing baby putting pressure on your bladder. And I remember the frustration of waddling to the loo several times a night, only to need to dribble
- the crampy legs – your tired legs take the strain in the second and third trimester, so they can seize up at night. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, gentle calf stretches may help, along with taking a bath before bed. Treat yourself to some massage treatments too – it could make all the difference.You may need to get out of bed and walk around to ease the leg cramps and if you are concerned about them – mention them to your midwife.
- the need to constantly change position to get comfy – try to lie on your left-side because this will help your baby stay in a good position and it helps the blood flow to the placenta, and your kidneys to rid your body of fluids and waste products.Use pillows to between your knees and under your bump to ease the pressure on your hip and pelvic muscles and joints.
If you wake up on your back, turn onto your left side again. You can also try using pillows to stop yourself from lying on your back.
- and just being wide awake at 3am! – your mind can ping into action, especially in the third trimester. If you are just lying there but sleep isn’t coming, you could use this time to make those lists of things to do, you could potter about, read, or use your breathing to help calm your mind and encourage sleep to come.
Continuous lack of sleep can make us feel exhausted and run-down so you may need to look at where you can get a nap, having an early night when you can, think about whether work is causing any stress and tiredness – I have had clients who have left work slightly earlier that they expected to because of the need to rest and ease stress.
What can help?
- Come to Relax & Breathe to learn simple relaxation techniques.
- Pregnancy Pilates and Pregnancy Yoga can also help
- Book yourself in for a Pregnancy Massage
- Don’t forget the simple stuff, which is often overlooked – try to eat well and drink plenty of water.
- If you have any concerns about you or your baby – talk to your midwife
- If you are feeling anxious about the birth of your baby – talk to me