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The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for a more restful sleep during pregnancy:
- Avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do indulge, only drink them in the morning or early afternoon.
- In the hours before bedtime, limit fluids and don't eat a heavy meal.
- Create a consistent sleeping and waking schedule.
- Skip intense exercise just before bed in favor of a relaxing bath.
- Press feet firmly against the wall if you have a leg cramp, or stand on the cramped leg.
- If your doctor says it's OK, practice daily yoga to help manage stress. Taking a childbirth or parenting class may also help ease baby-related anxiety.
-- Diana Kohnle
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