During the first trimester of pregnancy many women need significantly more sleep than they may have needed before the pregnancy. Most pregnant women in their first trimester also suffer from daytime fatigue and will often times need an afternoon nap.
Throughout the second trimester of a women’s pregnancy things typically go back to normal. Most women go back to their usual sleeping routine and experience far less drowsiness during the daytime hours.
For the duration of the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy, the woman will often times begin to sleep far less than they traditionally would. This is due to the hormones that are running through them as well as the anticipation of their baby’s arrival.
Sleeping during pregnancy can be incredibly challenging for a number of reasons. For women that routinely sleep on their stomachs, well that will quickly become a thing of the past. In the beginning it will be difficult to sleep in that position due to tender breasts. Once your breasts are less sensitive your belly will have most likely grown to a point where lying face down will be incredibly uncomfortable and nearly impossible.
Sleeping flat on your back during pregnancy will also become quite uncomfortable. The full weight of your uterus on you back, intestines, and inferior vena cava isn’t very pleasant. Sleeping on your back during pregnancy can also cause complications such as impaired breathing, poor circulation, inefficient digestions, and potential hemorrhoids. Sleeping in this position towards the second half of pregnancy can result in low blood pressure with dizzy spells or even an increase in blood pressure.
The best position to sleep in during you pregnancy is on your side. Sleeping on your left side is ideal because it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach your placenta and your baby. Sleeping on your right side is fine as well, especially when one position begins to feel uncomfortable. It may help to put a pillow between your knees, under your belly, and/or behind your back.
Having a comfortable and supportive mattress during your pregnancy will make all the difference in the world. A mattress with a pocketed coil innerspring will surely help to relieve any pressure points you may experience in your hips and shoulders. If not a pocketed coil an offset coil innerspring can fit the bill as well, just be sure there are plenty of comfort layers over the innerspring as that coil is fairly firm. A few layers of memory foam or latex will certainly take the stress off your hips and shoulders.