If you think that you have trouble sleeping at night, just wait until you've got a blossoming baby bump to maneuver during the night. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “tossing and turning!” So, how do you get a restful night’s sleep, when your belly feels like a squirmy watermelon and you have pelvic girdle pain? Try these positions to improve your sleep:
Avoid the Back
The first rule of sleep when pregnant is to avoid resting on your back during the second and third trimesters. It won’t be comfortable for you, and it’s not the ideal position for the baby, either. When you lie on your back, the extra weight of the uterus presses against a vein that carries blood from the lower body back to the heart. In other words: this position decreases circulation, and poor circulation is the enemy of comfy sleep. A wedge or a pillow placed behind your back can keep you from turning flat on your back during the night.
Side to Side
Since sleeping on your belly is out of the question, too, that only leaves sleeping on one side or the other. Although the left side allows good circulation, either side will do. It may not seem like you have many options for getting comfortable in two sleep positions (right side or left). But you can adjust how you sleep to get better rest. If you need a little help moving from side to side, consider using the Snoozle. We designed our maternity slide sheet to make changing positions easier and more comfortable.
Learn to Love Your Pillows
Pillows are your second defence against discomfort. Many women prefer a full body pillow but a couple of extra pillows work just fine. You can adjust these under the belly, between the legs and other different combinations. It’ll just need a little coordination to move them when you’re bleary-eyed in the middle of the night!
Modifying the Side Sleep Position
A common problem for many women is that sleeping only on the side can become uncomfortable. Even downright intolerable during the latter months of pregnancy. Pelvic girdle pain is no joke. Modifying the side sleep position can improve your comfort. Shift your weight a bit forward to distribute it more evenly between your side and your stomach. To prevent going too far onto your stomach, place pillows along your front. This will also help you position one of your legs higher while you rest.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner so you get a better night’s sleep, too. An extra hand to reposition pillows or massage an achy back provides welcome relief!