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Problem: One of the first things expectant mothers figure out […]

Problem: One of the first things expectant mothers figure out is that their new belly requires a little more blanket than their pre-pregnancy bod called for, so often times their partner is left shivering in the cold. Or, even worse, your partner is willing to put up a fight for his fair share of the warmth, and a nightly push-and-pull battle ensues over who will control the majority of the sheets.
sleepmaskSolution: To fix this problem, try using separate blankets on your respective sides of the bed for the remainder of your pregnancy. This will keep all of your wiggles, turns and kicks within your own comfort zone. Also, if your hormones are causing you to volley back and forth between chills and near-heatstroke, consider investing in an electric blanket for the cooler partner. The sooner you stop the blanket tug-of-war, the better. Tinkle, tinkle little star…
Problem: Rolling over to feel that little stinging tingle in your abdomen can be exceptionally frustrating, but ignoring the urge to get up and go to the restroom in the middle of the night can be disastrous.
Solution: Before you resort to adult diapers in the bedroom, try slowing down fluid intake a few hours before bedtime. Also, be sure to completely empty your bladder right before you crawl into bed for the night. Try leaning forward while you’re using the restroom—this can help you to fully drain your bladder. The urgency to urinate is one of the biggest complaints voiced by pregnant women everywhere, and unfortunately there’s not a lot to stop that get-up-and-go impulse. Just remember this advice: drink light at night, pee often and sleep much.
Problem: Your quiet nights are now filled with sudden, snorting disruptions. This may be a bigger complaint for your partner than for you, but snoring can detract from your good night’s rest as well.
Solution: If you find that you’re bringing the house down with your sonic snoring, don’t be afraid. Your noisy snooze fests are probably due to the combination of swollen nasal passages, a runny nose, hormones and a little extra baby weight. Try to keep your head elevated during sleep, and steer clear of sleeping pills—these aren’t good for your baby, and they raise the likelihood of closing your airway. However, if you feel that you’re having difficulty breathing, or you wake up gasping for breath, you need to talk to your doctor about sleep apnea; it’s a simple problem to deal with, but ignoring it can be dangerous for you and your little one.
Problem: Finding a position to comfortably lie in can be impossible when you feel as though you’ve swallowed a watermelon. You’re not supposed to sleep on your back, and sleeping on your stomach has become impossible, so what’s a girl to do?
Solution: Try sleeping on your left side with a pillow between your knees; this helps to keep your spine straight, reduces swelling and is the best way to keep the blood and nutrients sufficiently flowing to your fetus. It also takes some strain off your kidneys and gives your digestive system ample working room. If you want to switch from side to side, you won’t cause any harm to your child—just get comfy and your body will adjust accordingly once you’re asleep.

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