When you mention sleep and babies in the same sentence, the response is usually pretty predictable. ‘Sleep when baby sleeps’, ‘is he/she a good sleeper?’, ‘bet you’re blooming knackered love, it’s hard isn’t it?’. But do you know what? No one ever tells you that even before your baby arrives, your relationship with sleep becomes strained….very strained.
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Sleep? What is sleep?
Getting comfortable is nigh on impossible when you start to grow your bump. Firstly, you can no longer sleep on your back or your front. This means you have to force your sleeping habits to change by sleeping on your side; even that can be limited as some medical research indicates that sleeping on your left side while pregnant is far better for us and the baby, especially in the 3rd trimester.
Secondly, you have an actual human being growing inside you and the weight and size of your precious baby bump can make you seriously uncomfortable. Ideally, you need to get yourself a pregnancy pillow that supports your bump, back and legs. I have a U shaped pregnancy pillow and find that this ticks all the boxes when it comes to support – it can also be used post birth for feeding etc.
Did you know that nightmares are also common in pregnancy? Women have found that even after they’ve managed to drift off, they’re often either woken up in the middle of the night, or they wake in the morning feeling just as drained as they did the night before. I have suffered horribly from nightmares during this pregnancy with baby number 2. Being pregnant and impending parenthood can cause anxiety, even in the most confident of mamas. It is perfectly normal, but also awfully inconvenient.
Lastly, let’s not forget the single most irritating sleep snatcher: your partner’s snoring. The Devil himself takes over me some nights when I find myself lying there, wondering if kicking my boyfriend for the 20th time would persuade him go and sleep on the sofa, as he snores like some kind of freight train in my face.
Everyone Knows That Sleep Deprivation Has A Massive Impact On Your Mood.
So as you can see, there are a lot of things that can keep you awake and make you lose out on precious sleep when you’re pregnant. If you’re already feeling cranky and annoyed, a lovely unsuspecting well wisher offering up advice like, ‘get all the sleep you can get because soon you won’t be getting any!’ might find themselves on the receiving end of your hormone induced rage.
For all of these reasons, Mikey and I decided to get a new bed before baby arrives in July.
Previously we had a double bed, but for the sake of comfort and, quite possibly our relationship, we decided to upgrade to a king size bed. Best. Decision. Ever. Of course, when you buy a bigger bed, it also means you need to buy a bigger mattress. As we have a baby on the way, our budget was somewhat limited, but nevertheless, we still managed to find a good quality mattress that we both found really comfortable and at an affordable price.
Having a bigger bed has been a God send.
Since purchasing a new bed and mattress, sleep has blessed my life again. Both Mikey and I sleep way better than before – having a supportive bed frame and a comfortable mattress has really made a huge difference. There is plenty of room for my U shaped pregnancy pillow, which means there is plenty of wiggle room for me to get comfortable without disturbing Mikey. Our new bed is higher up, which means getting out of bed in the middle of the night for all those loo trips is a lot easier than before too. Also, we don’t fight about who hogged the duvet all night – a bigger bed means bigger sheets!
Sure, he still snores like a freight train…and he’s a little bit too far away now to kick, but I have come to accept that the only solution to this problem is good old fashioned ear plugs. I have tried nearly every type of ear plug available and there’s a lot to be said for the humble foam ear plug – especially these Howard Leight foam ear plugs. Plus, they look like sweeties!
Oh, there’s one last reason to get a new bed. Maybe the best of them all…
Now we have a bigger, more comfortable bed, it means that there’s more room for our babies to come and snuggle up with us. Who doesn’t love a snuggle in bed with their children? It’s what soggy, rainy mornings are made for!
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