Pregnant women 'should take care to get enough sleep'

4 January 2012

Expectant mothers and those who may have undergone in-vitro fertilisation to become pregnant should make sure they get enough rest during the nine months of the labour term, according to one expert.

Louise Whyte, founder of Penelope Fitstar and a personal trainer specialising in pregnancy and post-natal exercise, suggested that dealing with disrupted sleep should be a priority for women who are heavily pregnant, as they need extra energy.

She said: "Exercise can actually help with sleep. Gets lots of fresh air and make sure that even if you are not sleeping well you are getting plenty of 'feet up' rest."

Ms Whyte also commented that specially-shaped cushions made to help pregnant women get into a comfortable position in bed may make sleeping easier and less disrupted.

According to information given by the American Pregnancy Association, factors that could make sleeping more difficult during pregnancy include the increased size of the abdomen, back pain, heartburn and occurrences of insomnia.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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