Sleep Tips from Dr. Oz
If pregnancy complaints are keeping you awake at night, here are some safe solutions for back pain, leg cramps and more.
If you haven’t already heard it, eventually someone is going to tell you to sleep all you can now because you won’t be getting any rest after your baby is born. Easier said than done, right?
Telling someone to “just go to sleep” is like telling someone to “just” pull a redwood tree out of the ground with his or her bare hands: It simply can’t be done. Sleep is what restores all those important connections in the brain that allow your mind and body to function at their best—something that’s doubly important when there’s a baby on board. But thanks to muscle pains, pee breaks, heartburn, hot flashes and more, pregnant women often face big sleep challenges.
We know you don’t want to take any medications if you can possibly avoid it. So to help, here are some ways to make getting the rest you need a little easier.
Lie on your left side
Sleeping on your side relieves stress on your back, which may be aching right about now thanks to your growing belly. But it’s also better for your developing baby than lying flat on your back: When you do that, the weight of your uterus compresses the blood vessels that feed the placenta. Additionally, lying on your left side is better than lying on your right side because it allows more blood to flow to the uterus.
Use pillows as props
If trouble breathing is keeping you awake, use pillows to elevate your upper body. This will allow your uterus to drop down, away from your diaphragm, making it easier for your lungs to inflate.