Yes, it IS possible. It’s just not going to be the “good night” of sleep that used to be your standard. You’ll be amazed, 4 months postpartum, how a solid 3 hours of sleep can make you feel like a million bucks. Even if you have a baby that’s an amazing sleeper like I do (please don’t hate me), you never really fall into a deep sleep. You develop super sonic mom hearing and hear their every grunt and whine. I’m convinced all the restless uncomfortable nights of sleep during pregnancy are basic training for what’s to come.
Sleeping during the last 4 months of my pregnancy was down right brutal. I could only sleep on my side for about an hour before hip pain kicked in and I had to perform the grueling task of taking down the covers, moving my monstrous pregnancy pillow, ordering up a fork lift to roll me over, re positioning the monstrous pillow, fighting to get the covers over me again and finally feeling the teeniest bit of comfort on the other side…only to realize I had to pee. Repeat this once an hour for 8 hours.
Let’s face it, sleeping during the later stages of pregnancy totally sucks!
There were, however, some tricks I developed that helped (a little).
1. Invest in one of those monstrous pregnancy pillows. Yes, your SO is going to hate it but it beats trying to position and re position 5 pillows all night long. I personally swear by the Snoogle. As you can see from my 19 week bump shot, it takes up most of the bed, but it’s totally worth it. The SO will get over it.
2. Take a bath and wind down before bed time. I love baths. Not really for the purpose of getting clean but for relaxation. To me, there is nothing better than a candle lit bubble bath, a glass of wine (or sparkling water), the laptop sitting on the toilet seat playing whatever series I’m binging on Netflix, and a ramekin full of mini chocolate chips-my guilty pleasure. I think I took a bath every night during my pregnancy. If you set the mood correctly it’s a cheap and easy way to give yourself a blissful spa-like experience at home.
3. Have a cup of pre-bedtime tea. On the nights when a spa-like bath wasn’t possible, I would sit down with a cup of tea. I love Bundle Organics Pregnancy Teas for this. They have a Pregnancy Wellness Tea and a Nausea Relief Tea (The one I needed. I was nauseous my entire pregnancy). Both are caffeine free, whole-food based and designed to address the needs of pregnancy.
4. Do some breathing exercises. The BodyBond belly pump breaths are great for strengthening your core during pregnancy. They are also good for taking the time to relax, focus on you and connect with baby. Click the link below leading to my free course on how to master the technique and perform a few breaths before you settle into bed.
Those are 4 tricks that helped me sleep a little better. They may or may not work for you. Always remind yourself that everyone’s pregnancy is different so be gentle with yourself and experiment with what tips and tricks work for you.
Love & Leafy Greens,