The moment you discover you’re expecting a baby is one of those unforgettable life events that you treasure for ever. You may already consider yourself a “mum” and, as such, be planning to celebrate Mother’s Day.
If you haven’t announced you’re pregnant, Mother’s Day could be the perfect opportunity to share your good news with close family and friends. It could also be a chance to take time out for you – especially as next year’s Mother’s Day will undoubtedly be busier!
Take a moment to consider: ‘Am I taking special care of myself? Is there anything more I can do to enjoy a healthy, happy pregnancy?’ Your body is going through rapid, incredible changes on a daily basis as you continue to nurture your growing baby. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to get a good night’s sleep in the…
It’s common to feel tired (possibly even exhausted) during pregnancy and especially during the first 12 weeks. “Hormonal changes at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous and emotional,” advise NHS Choices. “The only answer is to try to rest as much as possible.” Looking after your physical health is a ‘must’ by eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep. As well as night-time rest, take time out during the day to sit with your feet up, and accept offers of help from friends and family.
Now is the perfect time to invest in a mattress or mattress topper that will adapt to your changing body over the coming months. Pocket-sprung mattresses are designed to not only shape to the contours of your body, but also to absorb changes in weight distribution – essential as your baby bump grows. Memory foam will always spring back into shape, no matter how much tossing and turning you do in your quest to settle with your bump.
Think about fabrics too. Lamb’s wool layers will keep you warm over these winter months, but also cool you down as you head towards your spring birth. Mattresses that have layers of silk and even cashmere are designed with optimum comfort in mind.
Your growing bump may be making sleep more difficult. Lying on your back can mean that your womb presses on your main blood vessels – leading you to feeling faint. NHS Choices suggest supporting your bump with pillows and putting a pillow between your knees.
If you truly can’t sleep, don’t worry – it won’t harm your baby. If you can, try taking naps during the day and go to bed earlier in the week. As is the case in your pre-pregnancy days, traditional insomnia remedies like avoiding caffeine and taking gentle exercise can help. Just remember to choose a form of exercise that’s suitable for pregnancy (for example, antenatal yoga or pilates).
By now, you’re likely to be gaining around 1lb each week (and around 25 to 35lbs overall for the pregnancy). Carrying this extra weight will add to your feelings of tiredness, as well as causing or exacerbating back pain.
Having adapted to sleep with a bump in the second trimester using pillows, by now you may find it’s more comfortable to adopt an almost seated position (which has the additional benefit of reducing heartburn) – but be warned… No sooner have you got settled, you’ll probably need the loo!
If back pain has been a significant issue for you during pregnancy, it’s important to take a holistic approach to managing this by considering the mattress you’re sleeping on. Choosing a mattress which offers the right level of support is vital and can be as beneficial as practicing relaxation techniques and undertaking gentle exercise.
Feature Image Credit: Shutterstock