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How to sleep better during the 3rd trimester

Growing a life inside you is your own little miracle but it is definitely a challenge, physically and emotionally. It is common to feel sleep deprived during pregnancy and the third trimester is the trickiest. Your belly is much bigger now, making mastering those pregnant sleep positions more difficult.

A study, published by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2011, found that sleep deprived pregnant women may have a harder labour. So, how can you make sure you get the rest you need at night? We look at some tips and tricks, as well as the best pregnant sleep positions, to help you get more sleep during that last stage of your pregnancy.

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1. Sleep on your left side

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The best sleep position is on your left side and is the way your midwife or doctor will recommend. Sleeping on the left side keeps the blood flow to your lower body unrestricted.

You can alternate sides, as sleeping on one side all the time can be difficult, but avoid sleeping on your back. It reduces blood flow to the uterus and can lead to back pain and haemorrhoids, because of the excess pressure. Sleeping on your belly is definitely a no-can-do during your last trimester.

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