When pregnancy knocks on your door, it brings a gamut of changes, both in your personal lives and in your health as well. A protruding belly, hormonal imbalances, enlarged breasts, and constant fatigue, to name a few. These changes can cause discomfort to any pregnant woman. Many face problems while trying to sleep at night, and it may even be difficult to get up and lie down without feeling a jerk in the body.
One of the reasons could be that women, in general, have tonnes of things to attend to around their home. Even little activities like walking, getting up, resting on the couch, or cooking in the kitchen, require a lot of energy. While it is apparent that you may need to do things at a fast pace, when you’re pregnant, you might need to be extra careful to make sure your baby is safe. The first step that you need to take to ensure the safety of your baby is to be fit-and-fine yourself.
To help you with the basics, here is a step-by-step guide to lying down and getting up to make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible.
How To Position Yourself When Lying Down
- Set some pillows on your bed.
- Taking the support of your husband’s hand or the support of the bed rests, sit down on the bed.
- It is best if the bed is closer to you.
How To Lie Down
- After sitting down, move backward as much as possible. Supporting your body with your hand, lower your body down on one side.
- Lastly, bend your knees slightly and pull them on the bed.
- To ease discomfort, keep a soft pillow between your legs while lying down on your side.
Which Side To Lie Down
According to experts, lying down on your left side improves blood circulation (1). This gives the nutrient-rich blood a more accessible route to your placenta, which provides the much-needed nourishment to your baby.
In case you are not in the habit of sleeping on one side throughout the night, you may want to switch sides once in a while. This will ensure that you remain comfortable during nap-time.
Things To Avoid
- Make sure you do not sit or lie down on the bed in a rapid manner or with a bang; it will jerk your body.
- Avoid lying down on your back after the first trimester. It may lead to nausea, dizziness, and backaches (2).
- Sleeping on your stomach will not only affect the baby adversely, but it would also be uncomfortable for your growing belly.
- Do not consume any liquids or water right before sleeping. It may prompt you to get up from the bed and use the washroom in the middle of the night.
- Since heartburn is a common occurrence in pregnant women; it is advised to have your meals at least 2 hours before bedtime.
How To Position Yourself When Getting Up
- Start by rolling your body to the side (in case you aren’t sleeping on your side already).
- Gently turn your knees towards the edge of the bed.
- Slowly sit up using the support of your hands.
How To Stand Up
- Try to stay on the bed for at least a minute in the sit-up position before you stand up. Standing up immediately might give you a head rush.
- Take deep breaths and stand up slowly.
- In case you need help, try asking others for help.
Whatever difficulties you’re facing during this time, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And nobody is expecting you to participate in any athletic competitions either. So take it is easy and as it comes. As we’ve said, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. It’s all worth it; a bundle of joy is coming your way!
Comment below with any mommy-experiences that you would like to share. In fact, if you have any tips and tricks that came in handy when you became a new mom, do let us know!