Finding it hard to sleep on your tummy? This is because you
can't ignore the rather big lump which is forming in your middle.
Just when you creep into bed, it seems this is a signal for your
baby to wake up. Some people say this is nature's way of preparing
mothers for broken sleep when the baby is born. Even so, it's hard
to stay focused on nodding off when it feels like there's an
acrobat flinging around in your tummy. If you're finding it
impossible to go to sleep, give in and get up. A drink of milk,
something light to eat, a boring book or something mindless on the
television can all help your mind to switch off into neutral.
If you find you are hot, hot, hot and those sheets are too
sticky for comfort, investigate your cooling options. You may need
to sleep with a fan or air-conditioning on, no matter what the
season. Night clothes could be just too stifling, so strip off if
you feel more comfortable. Although your partner might like to
think this is a sign for a little action, let him know this is for
your benefit, not his. Wet cloths wrung out and placed on your
forehead, neck and chest can be very cooling. Don't worry that you
may get a "chill". Unless you have a problem with the temperature
regulating region in your brain, you will know if you've gone
overboard on the cooling steps.
Try to take some time every day, just to enjoy your pregnancy.
This is a time when the early discomforts have (hopefully) settled,
but the baby isn't so big it's causing you to be really
uncomfortable. You could feel yourself in love with the world, a
sense of well-being infusing every pore. Alternately, you could
just be feeling fat and a little fed up. You may find you have a
very short fuse when it comes to tolerating others and find
yourself irritated by the smallest things. Make the time to
exercise which will help your body release endorphins, those feel
good hormones. Swimming, walking, Pilates, yoga are all good at
defusing a little excess energy. Think about some solitary pursuits
where you can connect with your baby and don't feel you need to
share yourselves with anyone else.
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