My fellow moms out there know how hard it is to get the recommended
daily dose of quality sleep during pregnancy. Our bodies undergo constant
change during these months, and things that may help aid your sleep at the
beginning of your pregnancy may not work toward the end. From finding the right
assortment of pillows – and often the more the better – to deciding whether or
not to wake up your spouse in the middle of the night to turn the fan on, pregnancy
is a different experience for every woman.
You might notice something you do or eat before going to
sleep helps keep your eyes closed longer, making you feel more refreshed and
awake the next morning. For me, having a supportive mattress and pillows
between my legs, behind my back and under my head helped tremendously! I also
enjoyed a glass of chocolate milk every night and saltine crackers every
morning. (We all have our cravings!)
When I was pregnant with my second child – my daughter, Remy
– I quickly realized that gone were the days when I could take a nap or enjoy
some “me-time” after a long day at work, both of which are needed when you’re
pregnant. So, I forced myself go to bed right after my son, Ruxin, was asleep
so I could get enough shut-eye.
Sleep is critical for a healthy, happy life – especially when
you’re pregnant. Here are a few of the go-to sleep accessories and tips that helped
me get a better night’s sleep while I was sleeping with a bump.
- Consider a maternity pillow for extra
support every night. If the maternity pillow takes up too much room (especially
when you know you’re already leaving less space than normal for your spouse),
keep some extra regular and cooling pillows nearby to
surround your body to relieve pressure points and regulate body temperature.
- If it’s been eight years since you replaced your mattress,
consider a cooling mattress to help
minimize those hot flashes.
- An adjustable mattress base can
help when you need to elevate those swollen feet. If you’re experiencing
varicose veins, having an adjustable base can help you meet the required
minimum number of hours that the doctor recommends keeping your feet above your
heart. Also, a base with a vibration feature can help minimize these blood clots
as it keeps your blood pumping; plus, we could all use a massage every now and
- Keep your prenatal vitamins by your bedside. Try taking them at
night instead of earlier in the day to help with morning sickness!
- Make moisturizing part of your night time routine. While it
helps minimize belly stretch marks, the scent will also serve to relax you and
help you unwind before bed. Pick a scent that you respond to, but I like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee belly butter and Palmer’s Coca Butter.
- Invest in a good pair of slippers and keep them by your
bedside so that you’re ready for all those late night bathroom runs. (They will
happen a lot!)
Needless to say, sleeping with a bump is no easy task. We
recently featured some pregnancy
sleep tips from the National
Sleep Foundation and took to Instagram to find mamas who have or are
currently #SleepingWithABump. By sharing a photo of their past or present baby
bump, they had a chance to win one of three great prize packs to ensure both
mom and baby sleep happy. We are excited to announce our three winners!
The First Prize winner of our “Sleeping With A Bump” package,
valued at nearly $4,000, is @mrsjessicaroberts
with this angelic image of her baby bump.
The Second Prize winner of our “Dressing the Bump” package, valued
at $400-plus, is @dash_dollie
with this precious photo of her first child snuggling her baby bump during
The Third Prize winner of our “Life After the Bump” package, valued
at $180+, is @rayreiber looking
comfortable on some absolutely beautiful bedding!
You can find the full
list of prizes they won here. We are so thrilled for our
three winners and are grateful to all those who entered. Thank you for sharing
these special moments from your pregnancy with us! We’ll host more contests
like this, so be sure to keep up with our conversations and enjoy tips for
sleeping happy and healthy during motherhood here on The Daily Doze and by
following us on Instagram.
About The Author
Sunni Goodman As senior vice president of communications for Mattress Firm and mother to two beautiful children, Sunni Goodman shares her thoughts here on The Daily Doze on all things sleep and parenting, especially the disconnect between the two. Mattress Firm is both literally and figuratively a family for Sunni, having worked alongside her sister who recruited her to work for Mattress Firm in 2007, and her husband who she met her first day on the job. In addition to her love for chocolate and dancing, Sunni’s heart lies in sharing the Mattress Firm story. She provides strategic direction on Mattress Firm’s internal and external communications plans and lends her passion for serving her community to the Ticket to Dream Foundation, which supports the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, and raises funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. In 2010, Sunni received the company’s Growth Award, which recognizes individuals who have lead efforts to advance sustainable and profitable growth in the company, and have developed and evolved personally and professionally. She is a proud alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was a setter for the Ladyjacks volleyball team. Sunni lives in Ft. Worth with her husband Jason, son Ruxin and daughter Remy. Best Night’s Sleep: While Sunni escapes every night to her dreamy adjustable base bed – complete with massage function – when she has the chance to take a nap, you can find her on her creaky, lumpy couch. And if you ask her the key to having sweet dreams, she’ll tell you it’s hearing “I love you,” from Jason, Ruxin and Remy before drifting off to sleep.