One of the things that many surrogate mothers struggle with is sleeping well, particularly as they get further into their pregnancies. There are a lot of things changing in their bodies as they help another human being to grow, making life difficult in a lot of ways.
But when you don’t get enough sleep, you are not going to take the best care of yourself and, therefore, your baby. So, we’ve compiled some tips for every surrogate mothers to help you get enough sleep to feel rested.
Treat Any Sleep Disorders
In the early stages of a pregnancy, many surrogate mothers find that they are getting the same amount or more of sleep as they were before they got pregnant but that they aren’t feeling as well rested as they were before. As they get further into their pregnancies, they get less sleep and lower quality sleep.
If you already struggle with sleep issues, you might find that you need to treat them more seriously. Pregnancy can exacerbate pre-existing issues and make them into something more serious than they were before. Talk to your doctor or the staff at Joy of Life about adjusting your medication or treatment plan in order to make sure both you and your baby are getting enough oxygen.
Adjust Your Pillows & Mattress
One of the problems with pregnancy is that your body changes in ways that you can’t control. Your stomach will get bigger as you get further along, which might change the way you sleep. As your sleep position changes to make you more comfortable, you will also need to adjust your pillows to support you and your belly. Although manufacturers make pillows specifically for pregnant bodies, you don’t have to buy one of those; just surround yourself with pillows until you feel comfortable.
Surrogate mothers also need to make sure that their mattress is actually comfortable. That will make a huge difference in both the quantity and quality of sleep. Some mattresses are better for sleeping than others (https://www.sleephelp.org/best-mattresses-for-pregnancy/) for surrogate mothers, so do some research before you go replacing your mattress.
Set Yourself a Bedtime
One of the best ways to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep is to schedule it into your day. By setting yourself a bedtime and a wake-up time, your body will get used to waking up and going to bed at the same time every day.
Add Naps During the Day
Something else that you can add to your daily routine is a nap, especially if you are finding it really difficult to make it all the way through the day without one. By scheduling it into your day, it will be less of a disruption to your schedule.
If you find yourself really struggling to get through the day, talk to your doctor and the staff at Joy of Life. They will be able to help you see if there is another reason that you are as exhausted as you are, whether that is an iron deficiency or some other illness causing you problems.