Pregnancy Tips: How to sleep better when expecting

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Getting a full night’s sleep when you’re expecting can be hard, but little tweaks to your routine can help you get some well-needed shut-eye. Read on for tips that'll help you get better rest.

Pregnancy brings a lot of unexpected surprises, but perhaps one of the least welcome is a disruption to your sleep schedule.

Being pregnant is exhausting, so why are you lying awake counting sheep at a time when you need sleep the most?

Rest assured that you’re not alone. It turns out that many moms-to-be have trouble falling -- and staying -- asleep while pregnant due to the hormonal changes and physical discomfort of carrying a baby. While it’s frustrating, experts say the situation is fixable, and since your new baby’s health depends on your health, the more sleep you get during your pregnancy, the better.

Read on for a pregnancy tip for each trimester that will help you get the rest you need.

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Sleep tip for the first trimester

During the first few months of your pregnancy, you may notice that you need to urinate more often in the middle of the night. This is normal, but to prevent the number of trips to the bathroom, avoid drinking too many fluids in the evenings. Just make sure you drink plenty of water during the day to make up for this.

Stress can also keep new moms-to-be awake, so if you’re worried about your new pregnancy, try keeping a journal next to your bed and jotting down your worries before you go to sleep. The act of writing them down may help alleviate your stress enough for you to fall asleep.

 

Click on the next page to find out pregnancy tips for sleeping better in your second and third trimester.

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