One of the biggest challenges during pregnancy can be getting a good night’s sleep. Back ache and pelvic pain are two very common niggles that can interfere with sleep.
Over 70% of pregnant women suffer from back pain at some time and over 20% experience pelvic pain and these pains may increase as the pregnancy progresses.
By the second trimester sleeping on your front or back will no longer be possible and ideally you will be sleeping on your left side as that has advantages for your growing baby, helping the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta.
Lie on your left side, with your knees bent up and two or more pillows placed between your knees. This keeps the pressure off the muscles around your hips and pelvis. Placing a wedge-shaped pillow under your bump in bed can help ease the strain on your back.
If you find there is increasing, uncomfortable pressure on your hips you might find a topper on your mattress is helpful.
You may also find that turning and repositioning in bed is increasingly difficult. Moving in bed can be made much easier by sleeping on a low-friction satin sheet. The reduced friction compared to regular sheets enables movement like turning and sliding much easier.
A range of sheets to assist those who have difficulty moving our repositioning in bed is manufactured by Emsec Easy Move Sheets.
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