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How can I sleep comfortably during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

Suzanne E. Ozbun, MD
Family Medicine
One of the best things that pregnant women can do to get better sleep is to get themselves into a sleep routine. Doing some things to relax the body before going to bed, such as taking a warm bath can help with the discomfort of tendon stretching that occurs during pregnancy. Also, just stretching can help you to relax more. There are body pillows women can get to situate under their growing belly and between the knees that helps them get more comfortable in bed.
During the 2nd trimester, as you begin to increase in size, finding a comfortable sleeping position is difficult. The safest way to sleep is on your left side but a different pillow may help to provide support as well. Pillows made especially for pregnancy include a maternity pillow that provides support to the stomach and back, pregnancy wedge for under your belly, a full-length body pillow, or a pillow designed both for sleeping and nursing support after your baby is born. If heartburn is keeping you up at night, try cutting down on spicy, acidic, heavy, or fried foods.

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