Pregnancy is a beautiful new chapter in the life of a woman where she experiences so many different changes in her body. The hormonal fluctuations, the growing breasts, water retention, swollen feet and the big belly often cause a lot of discomfort to the mother. So many pregnant women find it difficult to get sound sleep and many times, they get jerks and experience a lot of difficulties while getting up and lying down. In this article, you will find a complete guide for how to lie down and get up during pregnancy.
This usually happens because we’re all usually in the habit of doing everything quickly. Women need to multitask and are needed around the house, for one chore or another. But, when you get pregnant, your mind and body take some time to register that you need to be extra careful about the safety of your growing baby and move slow. The weight of your growing bump can shift your center of gravity, causing you to become clumsy and uncoordinated on your feet.
Here is a step-by-step guide for how to lie down and get up during pregnancy in order to reduce the jerks and for the safety of your baby and you.
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What to avoid?
- Do not sit or lie down on the bed with a bang.
How to position yourself while lying down?
- Prop some pillows on the bed.
- Take the support of the bed poles or hold your husband’s hand and sit down on the bed gently. The closer you are to the head of the bed, the better it is.
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How to lie down?
- Now move back as much as possible and lower your body down on one side, supporting your body with your hands.
- Finally, bend your knees slightly and pull them on the bed.
Which side should you lie down?
- Always try to lie down on the left side since it improves the blood circulation of the body.
- It helps to provide a sufficient supply of nutrients and oxygen to your growing baby.
- Since you’re not in the habit of sleeping on the side, you might not be as comfortable, so you may switch the side once in a while.
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How to make yourself comfortable?
- To ease your discomfort, you can place a soft pillow between your legs, another one behind your back to provide support and one under your belly.
- In fact, you can easily get a pillow online that is shaped in such a way that it caters to all these needs, so you don’t have to place so many pillows.
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Important Points To Keep In Mind
- Lying down on your back after the first trimester can lead to a backache, nausea, and dizziness so avoid doing so.
- Always sleep on your side. (preferably left side)
- NEVER sleep on your stomach as it can adversely affect the health of your baby and it would be really uncomfortable since you have a growing belly.
- Avoid drinking any fluids or water just before sleeping time. Ensure that you take enough water throughout the day and avoid fluids in the late evening. It will make you get up from your comfortable lying position unnecessarily, to use the washroom!
- Keep a gap of at least 2 hours between your meals and sleeping time, allowing the food to get digested. It will also help to prevent heartburn.
- How to position yourself while getting up?
- Roll your body to the side (if you aren’t already sleeping on the side)
- Slightly turn your knees towards the edge of the bed.
- Using the support of your hands, sit up gently.
When to stand up?
- Continue to sit on the bed for at least 1-2 minutes before you stand. (Standing immediately can give you a jerk!)
- Breathe deeply and then stand up very slowly.
- You can take someone help in standing up if you’re having trouble standing up.
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Although your growing bump could make you feel uncoordinated on your feet, try to maintain good body posture throughout the pregnancy to prevent back pain and other problems postpartum. Please follow this guide for how to lie down and get up during pregnancy and your pregnancy will be an easy one.
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