Dealing with third trimester insomnia involves hydration. According to experts, staying hydrated helps prevent leg cramps, one of the reasons why some pregnant mommies wake up at night.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises pregnant women to drink 8 to 12 cups of water daily. That’s equivalent to 1.8 to 2.8 liters of water every day.
…But limit fluid intake after 6 PM
Drinking too much fluid at night may lead to an increased frequency of urination.
Michigan Medicine recommends limiting fluid intake after 6 in the evening to reduce night-time bathroom visits.
Mind your position
According to reports, the best sleeping position during pregnancy is left side-lying, with your knees angled towards your chin. This position promotes blood flow to the uterus, and even eases heartburn symptoms. It can also help ease varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and swelling. However, not everyone finds it comfortable.
Consider propping a small pillow between your knees. A pillow to support the small of your back and your belly may also help.
Do not take the stress of the day with you to bed
Another possible reason why you find it hard to sleep is that you’re stressed or preoccupied with the tasks for tomorrow.
Before going to bed, collect your thoughts or chores and write them down. That way, you’d be at peace knowing that you already know what you’re supposed to do the next day. You don’t have to think about them while in bed.
Talk to your doctor
Finally, if you still find a hard time dealing with third trimester insomnia, talk to your doctor. They would determine the root cause of the problem and recommend an appropriate solution.
Sleep troubles are common among pregnant women, especially in the last leg of their pregnancy. Some of the tips in dealing with third trimester insomnia include the basic rules of sleep hygiene, proper hydration, positioning, and of course, talking to your doctor.
Learn more about Third Trimester Pregnancy here.