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The importance of sleep and rest during pregnancy

Most parenting and pregnancy books emphasize the fact how important sleep, rest and relaxation are during pregnancy.

During the third trimester, in particular, the extra weight can make sleeping difficult and make you feel constantly tired.

Baby pressing down the bladder and the large, uncomfortable tummy “in your way” – it’s no wonder that you may wake up several times at night. Well, at least I did.

I remember telling myself “that it was just “a practice round”, or a prelude, to the sleepless nights that were bound to happen once the baby would be born”. The thought did not make, or help, me to sleep better, but at least I was relaxed about being awake.

There are some simple things that can help you to get enough rest.

1. You don’t have to get all the sleep and rest in one go
If possible, have small cat naps or short periods of relaxation throughout the day. A 15 minute power nap can give you an amazing boost in energy levels and help to fight the tiredness.

2. Make sure your diet is right
Eating healthy and having enough nutrients in your diet, will make sure that you are not tired for other reasons than broken sleep, namely poor nutritional levels.

3. Try the Holo
Lot’s of pregnant women support themselves with an army of pillows and cushions in order to find a reasonably comfortable position to sleep.

Why not try the Holo?

The Holo is an air-filled mattress, designed and invented by a UK mum for other expecting mums, to enable you to find a comfortable position while relaxing “on land” or in the pool, having a massage or having a relaxing nap. It takes the weight off the tummy and allows you to relax better.

4. Make your bedroom cool, dark and quiet

5. Try having a warm bath or a hot milky drink before bedtime to aid the relaxation

During pregnancy your body is working hard to accommodate a new life. Having enough rest and sleep can not be over-emphasized. Looking after yourself you are giving the best possible start in life for your unborn baby!

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Guest post written by:
Hela Donela, @thriftymothers, http://thriftymothers.com.au

Sources:
1) www.holo-lilo.com
2) “Conception, Pregnancy & Birth” by Dr. Miriam Stoppard

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