Here’s how to help get the sleep you crave:
For back and belly support
• Using pillows for support can mean the difference between a sleepless night and peaceful slumber.
• Tucking a pillow between your bent knees supports your lower back and may make the recommended side-sleeping position more comfortable.
• A pillow tucked behind your back can also help you maintain a side-lying position while you sleep.
You can experiment with regular pillows or check out pillows made specifically for use during pregnancy, sold online and in maternity stores. You’ll find body-length pillows, C-shaped and U-shaped pillows, and wedges that support your belly when you lie on your side or to prop yourself up to a semi-recline.
• If you suffer from heartburn, experiment with an extra pillow to raise your head while sleeping.
• Some moms-to-be find relief after raising the head of the bed – by sliding pillows under the head of the mattress.
For hip relief
• An egg-crate foam mattress pad placed on top of your mattress can also help you sleep more comfortably if your hips hurt when you lie on your side.
Food & Drink
What you eat – and when you eat it – can affect the quality of your sleep.