It is a well known fact that sleep can be pretty elusive when there’s a newborn in the house – it is supposed to happen and you are likely to feel mentally prepared for it. However, many women are frustrated to find that getting enough quality shut-eye during their pregnancy can be almost as much of a challenge!
Russian photographer, Jana Romanova has produced a fascinating project called ‘Waiting’, capturing intimate images of expectant couples (40 to represent the 40 weeks of pregnancy) as they sleep in the early hours of the morning. These images clearly show that there is no right or wrong way of getting comfortable when pregnant – it’s all about what works best for you.
If you are losing out on sleep because of your pregnancy, don’t worry, as there are things you can try to help yourself achieve a little more shut-eye.
1. Think about your position
You could invest in a specifically designed pillow to take the weight off of your back, or simply wedge a few ordinary cushions between your legs and in the hollow of your back for a little extra support. Also, keeping yourself upright during pregnancy can be a good idea if you are suffering with heartburn or morning sickness that threatens to disturb your sleep.
2. Don’t stress, just relax
If you are having trouble sleeping, the worst thing you can do is to lie awake worrying about it, and you certainly don’t want to find yourself slipping into bad sleeping patterns. Instead, get up and make a warm drink (caffeine-free of course), or try some other relaxation techniques like reading a book or trying a little meditation or yoga. When you feel more relaxed, you can go back to bed and drift off again.
3. Invest in some quality maternity nightwear
The right maternity nightwear could revolutionise your quality of sleep. Invest in a pair of our incredibly comfortable Bamboo Fibre Maternity Pyjamas and you will be amazed at the difference they can make. Super soft, with temperature regulating qualities, these innovative pyjamas come in classic black or soft taupe and can keep you cool and comfortable to prevent tossing and turning late at night. Or why not try our stylish Button Down Maternity Nightie in soft stretch jersey which feels silky soft and allows plenty of airflow to keep you from getting too heated during your pregnancy. As an added bonus, all of our chic and comfortable maternity nightwear pieces make a seamless transition into your nursing wardrobe once your little one has arrived to help you sleep when all the odds are against you.
Finally, don’t feel as though you can only sleep in bed between the hours of ten and seven. If you need a nap when you get home from work, have one – and if the only place you can get comfy enough to rest properly in those last few months is the living room recliner, then take up residence there, by all means.
After all, cat-napping and catching up on rest during pregnancy will be good practice for when the baby arrives and sleep is even harder to come by…
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