This post is written by Ulrika Tegelman Jones who is a chiropractor specializing in women during pregnancy. You can find her at www.kirokliniken.se
It’s a very common problem to have back pain and discomfort interfere with your sleep while pregnant. Several reasons can include that the spine is stressed in many ways due to the extra weight of the baby, hormones during pregnancy cause the ligaments to be more relaxed and the joints are more unstable making it hard to find a good sleeping position. Pregnancy also causes the curvature of the spine to change by creating a bigger curve in the lower back (lordosis) to accommodate for the growing belly, which can cause some discomfort. Other common symptoms include pelvic pain, tension headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Many women experience poor sleep during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester due to the above aches and pains. To help make the pregnant body more comfortable during sleep, some Norwegian female chiropractors developed the pregnancy pillow “BBhugme” that helps support the spine and growing belly.
This pillow gives the perfect support during pregnancy and helps give support to the most important areas such as the stomach, pelvis, lower back, knees, and ankles.
Sleep is important for you and your growing baby! If you can improve your sleep comfort and the quality of your sleep during pregnancy, both you and your baby will benefit.
Here are some simple stretches you can also use to help relax the body before bedtime and ease some aches and pains: