|March 10, 2009||Posted by Mabel under Health & Fitness, Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems|
I swear, every trimester in the span of a pregnancy, there has to be something bad. In the first trimester, it’s the morning sickness, fatigue, mood swings and all. Now that I’m in my second trimester with a rounding belly to boot (the size of a medium watermelon, I swear), my biggest “bad” is not being able to get a good night’s sleep.
It’s not so much the peeing in the middle of the night that annoys me. I’m kind of used to it actually – waking up, walking to the toilet and doing all that is supposed to be done like a zombie before hitting the sack again. I’m talking more about those long forgotten days where I used to wake up rested and sore-free.
Every night is a nightmare whereby I start off stuffing the sides with a bolster, and pillow for my back before trashing the pillow for my back and turning around just to get comfortable. Initially, Nil lamented on the lack of space but these days, he has come to accept that he’ll just have to make do with several inches of comfort. Me on the other hand? I get comfortable for about 15 minutes tops and my muscles start to ache. So in comes the back pillow again. After about 30 minutes, I start tossing which means the back pillow becomes my bolster and the bolster becomes my back pillow. All through the night, it’s tossing and turning. In fact, I find more comfort in sleeping on my back then on my side which is bad because as I grow bigger, sleeping on my back won’t be an option anymore according to this article.
Sleeping flat on your back puts the full weight of your uterus on your back, intestines, and your inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to your heart). Back-sleeping can also increase your risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel very dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.
The article also goes on to suggest that I use pillows for my back, belly and in between my knees for extra comfort:
• Maternity pillow. This is actually two pillows, attached with fabric and adjustable Velcro tabs, that provide simultaneous support in front and in back. You can also use one of the pillows on your belly as a prop for a book. Available in pregnancy specialty stores and Web sites and through catalogs.
• Pregnancy wedge. This wedge-shaped pillow supports your belly when you lie on your side. You can also use it to prop yourself up to a semi-recline when you’re lying on your back.
• Full-length body pillow. These pillows are at least five feet long and are designed to support the back and cradle the belly.
• Sleeping Bean. You wrap your body around this column-shaped pillow, which then supports your belly and your back. It’s also good for nursing support after the baby arrives, and can be used as a bolster or bumper to protect your baby in his crib. Available from Bean Products (800/726-8365) for $49 to $59.
FYI: If you don’t want to spend extra money on special pillows, just use regular ones. Many women find that tucking a pillow between their legs near the knees makes them more comfortable.
Here’s the kicker – I actually get better sleep in one or two hours in my sofa bed than in my marital bed. Go figure!
So to other mums out there…how did you cope with sleeping from your 2nd trimester onwards? Any tips to share?