“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker
Everyone talks about sleepless nights after the baby comes. But the sleeplessness actually starts even before that. Getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge for many pregnant women and it’s more than just getting a good night’s rest. It’s also about protecting the health of the mother and the baby. Let’s take a closer look at the best sleeping position during pregnancy, and some other tips for getting better sleep.
Sleeping on your left side is the best way to go for pregnant women to ensure proper blood flow to the uterus and the baby due to the location of a major artery in the body. This is the best sleeping position.
Moreover, since the liver is to the right, sleeping on the left side helps avoid putting the uterus’ pressure on the liver. For women who are most comfortable going to bed on their back, it’s a good idea to use pillows for propping themselves up in bed. This displaces the uterus’ weight, even allowing them to sleep on their right side.
Another issue during pregnancy is insomnia. Taking a little Benadryl helps improve sleep without hurting the baby. Of course, it’s best to consult a physician before taking any medicine. Heartburn is yet another problem, especially late in the pregnancy. Not lying flat on the back works here as well. It also helps to avoid spicy and acidic foods, and replacing three big meals with numerous smaller ones throughout the day.
The right advice and medical care are invaluable for pregnant women. Sadly, many women don’t have access to this care and attention. At Sheltering Grace, we do our best to support homeless pregnant women throughout their pregnancy. Your contributions help us do our job to help more women. Feel free to donate and make a difference in these women’s lives and in the lives they are so bravely bringing into this world.
Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing a safe place to live during pregnancy and by providing mothers with the tools they need to improve decision-making, to enhance employment options, and increase family income, to act responsibly as the head of their household, and to develop the self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.