Sleep and Labour relationship
Apart from the suggested workouts and dietary habits, one must also note that she is getting adequate and enough sleep during pregnancy. As, little sleep and inadequate quality sleep can render a negative impact on your pregnancy and delivery. So, proper sleep is surely a vital aspect of a healthy pregnancy.
According to doctors and researchers, if the pregnant woman sleeps turning to her left side and bend her knees a little bit, least pressure is put on the womb carrying the foetus and the internal organs are also at ease. So any issues related to the comfort of the baby inside are eliminated. It is highly recommended that during the first trimester, the mother learns to sleep in this position. This position will become more effective and important during the second and third trimesters and the benefits of sleeping in this position will be eventually realised.
1) Chart Out a Schedule – make sure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will map your biological clock accordingly.
2) Develop a Bedtime Routine – make ways for your body to realise that it is time to sleep. Like, go for a shower or brush your teeth just before bed, or even make a ritual of applying a body lotion. These all can act as sleep triggers.
3) Get Yourself a New Pillow or Mattress – If required; get a new pillow or mattress that will offer more comfort when you are pregnant.
There has been a recent interesting study conducted by the University of California, working around the relation between the possible relation of sleep and the labour hours. It has been observed that pregnant women, who got below six hours of sleep on an average during their first trimester, happened to go into about twenty-nine hours of labour. On the other hand women who got over seven hours of sleep went into about 17-17.5 hours of labour on an average. This is quite a significant difference that tells a lot about the vitality of adequate sleep during pregnancy.
Researchers have also discovered that women who slept for about 4-5 hours on an average were more likely to have a caesarean delivery. One needs to understand that a C-section is not bad, or unwanted, the only point here being that it surely requires a greater recuperation time compared to the normal vaginal delivery.