Pregnancy

How To Sleep During Pregnancy To Prevent Lower Back And Hip Pain



Lower back and hip pain is very common during pregnancy, meanwhile, pregnant women have been told to be sleeping on their sides, this is to allow for the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta, also, it helps your kidney efficiently remove fluid from the body thereby allowing you to reduce some of the swelling in your feet and ankles. If you love sleeping on your back, it’s okay to do so during the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy but after you’ve passed that phase, try not to.

If you do, the weight from your uterus could press the arteries that carry blood from your leg to your heart, resulting in reduced blood flow. You can also sleep on your right side.

Here’s a few tips on sleeping correctly during pregnancy to reduce back and hip pain;

  • If slept on your sides before pregnancy, you can continue when you are pregnant although with minor changes. During pregnancy, your pregnancy hormones start lengthening and loosening the ligament on your lower back and hips. So you have to change the position you sleep in because hormones lengthen the legs and you will feel pain in the lower back.
  • To make your side sleeping position easy for you, put a pillow under your knee to help raise the angle of the leg. The idea is to keep your leg and femur above the usual level.
  • You can also buy and use a pregnancy pillow, this will greatly help to reduce the pain. Put your leg on top of it and inflate the pillow. Don’t forget, the bigger your bump grows, the more you’ll have to inflate the pillow. It keeps the angle at the same level throughout the night.
  • If you are hot, which is quite normal during pregnancy, increase the level of your fan or AC. And if there’s no light you are allowed to sleep on the cold floor.

And if you are so uncomfortable that you can’t sleep, get up, do something that’s sure to bore you for a few minutes. You can walk around your house, fold the laundry or any other thing that you find boring on a normal day. When you are done, you should have calmed down, go back to bed and see if you can fall asleep.

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10 Things That Really Annoy Pregnant Women



Pregnancy is a wonderful time for mothers but despite the wonders of pregnancy, it’s a time when mothers are often “bullied” by “experienced” moms or even other pregnant women. The experience can either be pleasurable or annoying, below are some of the things that truly annoy pregnant women.

 

1. Telling her you didn’t have any pregnancy sickness

Telling a pregnant woman you didn’t have morning sickness when you were pregnant after she just told you she had been shuttling between the bathroom and bedroom from morning sickness will definitely not make you her best friend. We all know pregnancy is not the same for everybody so why compare?

2. Commenting on how different your bumps were

Just after she excitedly told you how pitch perfect her own bump is.

3. Asking her ‘if Baby has popped yet?’

While she stands there holding her bump complaining of swollen feet and sweating buckets.



 

4. Asking her “Is it a boy or a girl?”

This is something no one has a right to know until after the baby is born, so don’t expect her to tell you what her baby’s sex is.

5. Showing her something smelly

Raw fish and any other smelly thing is not a pregnant woman’s best friend, so don’t cook it in her vicinity or show it to her.

 

6. Telling her what name to give her baby

You can be sure that even after giving birth to her baby, she won’t be using the name you offered. You should wait until your opinion is asked before offering a baby name to a pregnant woman.

 

8. Telling her “sleep now when you can” 

Of course, she wants to sleep, she’s probably too uncomfortable to sleep though and it will be useless to advice her to get extra naps when she can.

 

9. Telling her “you should be doing this at this stage of your pregnancy”

You need not expect her to do what you did when you were pregnant, the fact that you enjoyed meditating during your pregnancy doesn’t mean she’ll do the same.

 

10. Touching her belly

Every pregnant woman hates it when their baby bump is touched by an external being, no one but her husband should touch her bump but if she tells you to come feel baby kick, that’s fine.

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