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Pregnancy Sleep Tips: 4 Ways To Get More Enough Sleep When You’re Pregnant

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By Regina

pregnant-sleep-tips-photo-by-jemsweb.jpg Everyone knows that when you’re pregnant it can be really difficult to sleep.

Sometimes it’s just hard to find the right position. Other times, the baby might be moving around a lot.

Whatever the reason, getting comfortable when you’re trying to sleep can be a challenge.

Here are some great sleep tips for when you’re pregnant (as described in the video below):

  • Sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps the kidneys to eliminate more fluids, thus helping to keep your ankles not so swollen.
  • Don’t sleep on your back after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is okay during the first 20 weeks, but after that the uterus will put too much weight on the artery going from your legs to your heart — causing reduced blood flow to your baby.
  • Sleep on your belly or your right side if that’s the most comfortable sleeping position for you. It’s fine to do so, but most women prefer not to sleep on their belly once they’re in the 3rd trimester.
  • Sleep with an electric blanket if you need to, just make sure your body temperature does not go higher than 100 degrees. If it does go above 100 degrees, you could endanger your baby.