Sleep Snag: Your Growing Belly
That burgeoning bump can make it tough to find a comfortable sleep position, especially as you near labor day.
"Get in the habit early on of trying different sleep positions," says Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D., director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center's Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, in Bronx, New York. If you can, it's best to snooze on your left side; this increases the amount of blood and nutrients making their way to your baby. If you wake and find you've reverted to your favored position, roll back over. Doctors say you should avoid sleeping on your back by the time you reach your third trimester (when you sleep this way, the weight of your baby can compress the vena cava -- the vein that transports blood to your heart). Mastering these changes takes some trial and error, but an extra pillow can also work wonders. While on your side, tuck one between your knees: It will align your legs and spine, potentially easing pressure on the sciatic nerve, which often troubles moms-to-be. Or consider spooning a full-size body pillow to support your abdomen and reduce strain on your muscles.