- Step 1: Avoid leg cramps Avoid leg cramps with proper hydration. Stretch your calf muscles during the day and wiggle your feet to move leg muscles.
- Step 2: Empty bladder Limit your liquid intake in the evening to one warm, non-caffeinated drink. Empty your bladder before going to bed.
- Step 3: Take a bath Take a warm bath or shower before going to bed to set a restful mood.
- Step 4: Use pillow Use a body pillow to provide additional support to your midsection and alleviate pressure. Put a regular pillow between your knees for additional comfort.
- TIP: Body pillows range from generic long pillows to specially designed maternity pillows.
- Step 5: Treat heartburn Treat heartburn with medication or by sleeping in a more upright position. Check with a doctor before taking any medication.
- TIP: Most doctors recommend that pregnant women lie on their left side for optimal blood flow throughout the body and uterus.
- Step 6: Run humidifier Run a humidifier or open a window to alleviate swollen sinus passages.
- Step 7: Wear an eye pillow Wear an eye pillow to block out light.
- FACT: Did you know? Women typically gain three to four pounds in increased blood volume during pregnancy.
You Will Need
- A long body pillow
- A humidifier
- An eye pillow
- Heartburn medication (optional) (optional)