Good news, you are pregnant! But now you also have to adapt to the changes that come with pregnancy. You will have to deal with nausea and vomiting, which are specific for the first trimester of pregnancy. But, more importantly, you will find yourself to be exhausted, the level of fatigue increasing as your pregnancy advances.
Why do you feel so tired?
In the first trimester of pregnancy, your progesterone hormone levels are on the rise, which can definitely make you feel drowsy. Not only you will feel fatigued during the day, but you will also want to go to bed earlier. Apart from that, your body will start going through some changes, which may lead to all sorts of discomforts. This is especially valid for those who are used on sleeping on their belly, a position which will soon become uncomfortable (growing belly and extremely tender breasts).
The progesterone hormone will change your body in more ways than you can imagine. Apart from making you feel drowsy, it will also increase the need to go to the bathroom and urinate. Many women complain of a poor sleep routine during their pregnancy, because of the frequent trips to the bathroom during the night (also valid in the first trimester). Moreover, the morning sickness can definitely wake up the expecting mother, causing not such a good start in the day.
Not to worry, here is what you need to do!
Despite its shortcomings, pregnancy is a wonderful experience and you should enjoy it as much as it is possible. In this article, we have included five important sleeping tips for the first trimester of pregnancy. These are going to help you get through the most difficult times, improving your sleeping routine and waking up feeling refreshed. Let’s find out more information about the things you should do when you are 11 weeks pregnant.
#1 Plan additional time for sleeping each night
Sleeping is very important for the growing baby, so make sure you integrate it in your schedule, as you are planning and organizing everything else. If you want to wake up rested and with the adequate amount of energy for the rest of the day, you can cheat a little bit and plan additional time for sleeping. Sure, this may mean that you will have to go to bed earlier, but it will be all worth it. Always keep in mind that both you and your baby need to rest, as much as it is possible.
#2 Change your sleeping position
As it was mentioned above, there are many women who prefer sleeping on their belly. As your pregnancy moves forward, you will discover that this is no longer possible. It is for the best that you get accustomed to a new position, even since at the beginning of your pregnancy. Sleeping on the left side is the most recommended, as it guarantees an improved blood flow and nutrients to the uterus area (home of the baby). It will also improve the functioning of your kidneys, so be sure to consider it.
#3 Avoid fluid intake before going to bed
Yes, the progesterone hormone is guilty of the frequent trips you are making to the bathroom. But, at the same time, you can aggravate matters by drinking a lot of fluids before going to bed. It is for the best to hydrate yourself and the growing baby during the day, avoiding such activities at night. Otherwise, you will wake up even more often, ruining a good night’s sleep.
#4 Bathroom nightlight
If you are going to have to go to the bathroom frequently, you might as well install a nightlight in there. In this way, you will no longer be forced to turn off the light, which means that it will be easier to return to sleep. Always think about the big picture and how small, yet efficient changes, can help you enjoy a restful sleep during the night.
#5 Daytime naps
Try to work out your schedule, so that you add a regular daytime nap. In this way, you will no longer feel as tired and you will have plenty of energy for the afternoon. Daytime naps are also great for the growing fetus, as it offers a time of silence and stimulates his/her development. Do not try to handle more things than you are capable of and consider the daytime nap as part of your schedule. Soon, you will see that it was the right decision to take.
So, there you have it. Soon, you will move on to your second trimester of pregnancy, which will bring a number of additional changes but also a lot of joy. Your baby is going to become active, kicking and making his or her presence felt. What a joy!