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Sleeping well

Some people might tell you that lack of sleep in the weeks before your baby is born are preparing you for life as a new mother. It’s true that getting comfortable is tricky and you might find you need to get up for a wee in the night more than once, but you can maximise your chances of a good night’s rest.

Things that might help:

-get some exercise in the evening (just a gentle walk will do)

-eat your evening meal quite early to give yourself time to digest it

-make sure your bedroom is a lovely, serene, comfortable place to be -reduce clutter and distractions –think “boudoir”!

-have a warm bath or shower before you go to bed

-do some calf stretches before you get in bed to reduce risk of cramp – a milky drink and a banana in the evening might help too

-wind down with some no-tech time – read a good book, try some massage

-for getting comfortable padding might be the answer – a pillow between your knees and another under the bump can really help

-try a guided relaxation or some self hypnosis to help you switch off. This is really easy. All you have to do is snuggle down and make a picture in your mind of somewhere you would really like to be. You can find lots of free guided relaxations online.