More and more people living in the United States are having trouble sleeping. When you add pregnancy to the equation, quality sleep can seem like even more of a pipe dream.

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way. During Better Sleep Month this May, we want to share some tips on how to get the sleep you need — for you and your baby.

Say goodbye to sleepless nights

There are a number of sleep issues that occur during pregnancy. Symptoms that may arise include:

  • Creepy, tingly or achy feeling in legs
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Frequent nighttime urination
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Nighttime gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD
  • Waking up too early

Let's take a look at ways you can start getting a better night's sleep, starting tonight:

Be Consistent

One of the best ways you can promote healthy sleep is to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, including weekends.

This gives your body the chance to get used to when it needs to be up and when it needs to be asleep.

Get exercise

Be sure to talk to your obstetrician before starting any new exercise routine during pregnancy.

But it's important to note that exercise isn't just OK during pregnancy in most circumstances — it's encouraged!

Exercise can help you sleep better and help you maintain your health during your pregnancy and beyond.

Limit evening beverages

While you might be trying to fit as many hours into your day as possible, you need your sleep. As your pregnancy progresses, the chances of you needing to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom are increased.

Therefore, while it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day, you might want to try and limit fluids right before bedtime, as it could make your bathroom trips even more frequent throughout the night!

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