There are many things that may get in the way of a good night’s sleep when you are pregnant. Vivid dreams, shortness of breath, constant urination, increased heart rate and many other symptoms of pregnancy might just keep you from getting the shut eye that you so desperately yearn for when you are carrying a child. If this is happening to you, don’t get too frustrated. There are various steps you can take to increase the possibility of a good nights sleep while you are pregnant.

To begin with, you should make sure that you are sleeping on your side. Sleeping on your back or stomach while you are pregnant is normally very uncomfortable, and it could pose possible harm to your baby. If you have not been doing so already, sleeping on your side may just cure your lack of sleep. If that does not work, there are still many other options. Before you go to bed, try to wipe away all anxiety or other thoughts you may have and focus on how tired you are.

It is also recommended that you try not to drink any fluids a couple hours before you go to sleep. You should especially avoid liquids that contain caffeine, as these will make urination even more likely, and they are generally not got for your baby anyway. Also, you should always try to exercise a bit early in the day, but not anywhere near your bedtime. Light exercise is good for your body and your baby, and it can help prevent cramps, but remember not to do it before you sleep, as it will make it very difficult to do so. Drinking a glass of warm milk is also recommended. If none of these methods are helpful, buying a pregnancy pillow might do the trick.

A pregnancy pillow is a large pillow shaped like a U that is designed to fit your whole body and provide support between your legs, under your abs, under your head, neck and shoulders, and behind your back. If you cannot obtain a pregnancy pillow, simply putting normal pillows in the aforementioned key areas may help relieve tension and let you get the good nights sleep you deserve.