Why is it so difficult to get comfortable?

17 Jul 2016

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After tossing and turning in bed trying to find a comfortable position so you can finally drift off to sleep, you might wonder why something that used to be so easy has become such a struggle now.

The reasons for your discomfort could be due to various reasons such as:

Size of your baby bump
As your pregnancy progresses, your bub will grow from the size of a tiny sesame seed to that of a watermelon! So it’s no wonder that you’ll be feeling some discomfort while trying to catch some zzz’s.

Back pain
This is a normal problem a lot of pregnant mums will face and can range from mild aches to more severe cases and may occur at any point during your pregnancy.

Heartburn
All your pregnancy hormones are causing your muscles to relax, including the ones in your stomach and digestive tract, so you might have digestive acid going into your oesophagus which causes heartburn and reflux.

Shortness of breath
The bigger your baby grows, the more space she will be taking up inside you, which affects your lungs’ ability to fully expand with each breath you take.

S.O.S!
After all the restless nights, you are probably crying out for help to find a comfortable sleeping position!

But S.O.S actually stands for Sleep On Side, which is the safest position recommended for pregnant women, as it provides comfort and relief from the weight of your growing baby bump.

Although it is safe to sleep on either side, it is best if you sleep on your left side as this will help to increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta, uterus and your little bub.

Sources:
Dew M. Chaiyanara. Safe sleeping positions for pregnant. The Asian Parent Singapore (Online). No Date [Cited 2016 June, 21]. Available from: http://sg.theasianparent.com/safe-sleeping-positions-pregnancy/.

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