#FitPregnancy 18 week update – Sleep!

By: Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1

This past week Baby M was about the size of a sweet potato and boy did I feel him growing this week! My regular pants are out the window and with perfect timing my mother in law bought me some stretchy maternity leggings. Still no distinct movement yet so we’re still waiting to feel some kicks 🙂

Exhaustion was back this week and I was only able to convince myself to workout twice this week! Sleeping has been harder and I can only count a few times where I felt like I had a really restful sleep. I’m using my sister in law’s pregnancy pillow and it has been a life saver this week – I think I’ve used it every night! 😴Sleeping on your back isn’t recommended past your first trimester as the weight of the baby/uterus puts pressure on your back and major blood vessels. Sleeping on your side feels comfortable but it’s definitely not comfortable to stay in the same position all night so you’ll probably find yourself going back and forth from sleeping on your right to left side.

Add in the fact that you are now more susceptible to back pain, heartburn, leg cramps (I had my first Charley horse in 4 years a few nights ago!), a more frequent need to urinate, vivid dreams, and maybe some stress/anxiety from pregnancy/baby’s upcoming arrival and sleep can really seem impossible some nights!😬

Ah, the joys of pregnancy! 😑 The good news is the pillow I was talking about above really does help prop you up if you’re have heartburn, it’s great to put between your legs as you sleep sideways, and it even supports your growing belly as it gets heavier. Just be careful- your husband may just try to take it from you!! I am also loving a cup of piping hot chamomile tea before bed to signal to my body that it’s time for bed. That and a short nap (20-30min) during the day keeps me re-energized and refreshed!

Pearl Maalouf
Pearl Maalouf

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