All mothers-to-be have troubles sleeping as their pregnancy moves along, but celebrities have access to more specialists and better products than us, regular people. Luckily, they are willing to share what helped them get some Z’s even with a big baby bump so if you want to be treated like a queen it’s time to take notes (or have your significant other take them).
Today we’ll talk about sleeping positions that will help reduce discomfort, especially when you’re close to the due date. We’ll also share tips on how to make sure both you and the baby are safe during sleep.
On the Side with your Knees Bent
This is the position most recommended by specialists because it supports both you and the baby. Now, depending on the shape of your bump and how advanced the pregnancy is, you may need some extra accessories such as pillows.
Actually, there are many pillows specially designed for pregnant women and many celebrities swear by them. One of these celebs is the Saturdays singer who used a pregnancy pillow while she was pregnant with her daughter. But, as she also admitted, you may experience a stuck sensation.
Here’s “No matter how tired I am I’m finding it so hard to sleep…I feel like a have a football team in my stomach. I did get a pregnancy pillow which helps a bit but I feel like I’m stuck in it. Haha I can’t roll over… anyone else?”
To avoid this sensation, try using pillows between your legs (keeps the spine straight) and behind your back (besides the pregnancy pillow that supports your belly). This will keep you in one position, but you’ll still be able to roll over if you feel the need.
Another position that can help (and also requires pillows) is in half-sitting. The pillows go behind and prop you up so you won’t be lying on your back. This position is useful if you suffer from heartburn and if you’re used to sleeping on your back.
I recently read on that back sleepers have the healthiest sleeping position, except if you’re pregnant. When the bump is big, if you lay on the back, the baby presses against your spine and vital organs restricting blood flow. If you stay for several hours in this position, both you and the baby may suffer from oxygen deprivation and you can get lower back pain.
Actually, lower back pain is bound to happen during the pregnancy, which is why many celebrities recommend Cranial Sacral Therapy (Brooke Shields is a huge supporter). This is a type of therapy designed to free blockages in membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is helpful in releasing stress on your back and doesn’t bring any harm to you or the baby.
Half-Sitting with Legs Raised
As the pregnancy progresses, you may start to feel more discomfort, especially when you’re laying down for a nap. Shortness of breath, heartburn, lower back pain and other similar experience will make your nights a bit of a hell if you let them, but there’s a way to improve your situation according to Rachel Waddilove, the super-nanny of the stars (she took care of famous people such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Minnie Driver).
This position requires several pillows; some go behind your back to support you in a half-sitting position, and some go under your legs, to keep them raised. You don’t need to raise your legs too high, just enough to release the pressure from the lower back.
It may feel weird to be flanked by pillows left to right, but they may be your best solution.
Since we’re on this topic, you should know that most celebrities use one or more specially designed pillows (instead of hoarding on regular ones). Of course, you will get recommendations for a lot of products – for instance, Cheryl Tweedy loved the Dreamgeenii Pregnancy Support while others swear by other names in the industry.
Still, if you choose to go with this option (and I recommend you do), it’s important to choose the one that fits your needs. So make sure to read reviews and ask questions before making a purchase.