If your bathroom habits are less than regular, the discomfort can leave you restless. A healthy diet with plenty of fiber and regular exercise can get things moving.
Restless leg syndrome
Although no one is quite sure why, expectant moms often experience RLS, even if they’ve never been troubled by it before. If your legs are feeling a tingly or crawling sensation while at rest, ask your doctor if an iron supplement might help. Other things to try include leg massages, warm baths and lying down only when you’re ready to sleep—often the longer you lie there, the worse the symptoms become.
Moonlight as a woodcutter? You’re in good company. Stay within the recommended weight gain guidelines and sleep on your side to keep snoring to a minimum.
Waking in the middle of the night with a horrendous cramp in your leg is no fun, but it’s a common occurrence in late pregnancy. Stretching your calf muscle or getting out of bed and walking around are the best immediate cures, although they might initially appear to be more painful. To prevent cramps, stretch your legs regularly during the day, be sure to get enough water, and strive for a healthy diet and daily exercise.
As soon as you lie down, baby starts break dancing, possibly since you’ve been up and about during the day and she’s stayed relatively calm. Now that all is still, she thinks it’s her time to cut loose! There’s not much you can do to prevent this, but climbing in bed an hour before you intend to actually go to sleep might allow your little one time to get out her kicks without cutting into your Zs.
For more great info on getting a good night’s sleep with a burgeoning bump, check out our article on sleep here.