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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4 Things You Can Blame On Pregnancy


Tell me, did you ever use pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a situation you don’t want to be in? Well I did! But seriously, it’s the only reward you get during pregnancy that is, until you give birth to your baby. One look at your bump and people will let you off. I didn’t have to queue to enter BRT bus, even in banks, men take one look at me and allow me get to the front and do my transaction like fast fast.

It makes all the pains and sores of pregnancy a little more bearable, and here are some of the things we blame on pregnancy;

Pregnancy brain

This is the short form for forgetfulness. If you’re pregnant and you forgot to do something or how to do it, don’t worry people won’t blame you, they’d blame it on pregnancy brain. My MIL heard my husband blaming me for forgetting to put his packed lunch in the car, you can’t believe she berated him, “don’t you know she’s pregnant? Pregnant women have a tendency to forget” Since then, I made forgetfulness my excuse, and he was quick to let things go, funky yeah?

Weird food combinations and cravings

Trust me, every unhealthy food that I wouldn’t eat on a normal day without being questioned is what I eat when I’m pregnant, I especially loved “nzu (chalk)” and cold water, garri and groundnut and no one can take them from me. Some women hate eating the foods cooked by their hand during pregnancy, they’d rather they eat their neighbour’s food or one cooked by someone else but them. Did I tell you about how I loved eating rice and okro? Which I would normally not eat.


 

Not engaging in any strenous activity

If you don’t want to wahala yourself, pregnancy is your best excuse, “Eh! Can you please help me sweep the floor, I can’t bend” Even strangers become generous when they see you are pregnant, “let me help you carry that bag” they’ll offer to help because it looks heavy”. Even though you might be overwhelmed by the attention and everyone being at your beck and call, don’t get used to it, because it’s not healthy. To be strong you need to move around and work.

Body aches

Your ribs may hurt, your body may ache and you may constantly need a pain relief medication. For me, my legs were always swollen, so I’d beg hubby for a massage, with my leg stretched on the table I’ll relax and have dear hubby minister to my needs, after all it’s our baby. If I’m good, I get a body massage too.

But pregnancy can do mean things to someone, your back will hurt, your legs may ache and your feet will be all swollen, there will be times when you’d need help standing up from the chair and you may be waddling like a whale instead of walking.

At the end when you sight and hold your wriggling baby in your hands, your joy will know no bound, and all the pains will be forgotten. Meanwhile, use pregnancy to get some pampering, but don’t be lazy!

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