Pregnancy blog, 02/08/2018
Image credit: Giovanna Fletcher via Instagram
Tommy’s supporter, Giovanna Fletcher has been on Stories this week talking about the wonders of her pregnancy pillow.
“I found myself clinging onto it like a koala on a tree. I wrapped legs around it. It’s good for my knees and my ankles. I didn’t even know ankles needed support… it makes me feel good.” Giovanna
She also mentioned Tommy’s research into the importance of sleeping on your side in the third trimester, and how her pregnancy pillow helps her do just that.
Why is sleeping on your side in the third trimester important?
Research has shown that in the third trimester (after 28 weeks of pregnancy) going to sleep on your back increases your risk of stillbirth.
Last year, Tommy’s invited Giovanna and other well-known mums to find out more about it and our #SleepOnSide campaign. Here’s what they thought:
Find out more about the sleep position in pregnancy research.
Tips for sleeping on your side in late pregnancy
"Tommy's have done loads of research about how important sleeping on your side is... It's always good to have recommendations." Giovanna
As Gi has found, pregnancy pillows can be a real help. However, they can also be pricey and there are plenty of other things to help you go to and stay asleep on your side, including:
- placing normal pillows behind your back to stop you from rolling over.
- tying your hair in a low bun (if it’s long enough). This can make it uncomfortable to lie on your back for too long.
- checking your position if you wake up in the night and rolling back onto your side if need to.
- sewing a bobble to the back of your pajamas. Again, this can make it uncomfortable to lie on your back.
There will be times when you need a nap in pregnancy. Pay the same attention to sleep position during the day as you would at night.
How to get more sleep in general
Sleep can be difficult to come by, especially in the third trimester, because you might be too hot, uncomfortable or need the toilet more.
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