Sleep and Unplanned Pregnancy: Why Sleep is Important during Your Adoption Journey
One of the most important things in life is getting enough sleep -- especially when you are preparing to place your baby for adoption. It helps you feel better and ensures that you aren’t feeling bogged down. That you are able to make clear decisions. We’ve all felt the pain of not getting enough sleep before. You feel like you can’t focus or do anything on your to-do list without feeling groggy.
This is why it’s important that you get an adequate amount of sleep while you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. As you embark on your adoption journey, you want to make sure you are well-rested and able to make the difficult decisions along the way. Additionally, sleep and unplanned pregnancy go hand-in-hand with keeping both you and your baby safe and healthy.
At Adoption Choices of Reno, we have some tips to help you get the best night’s sleep you can. If one tip doesn’t work, try another till you find the sweet spot.
Reasons Sleep is Difficult
There are a variety of reasons that sleep is probably going to be difficult throughout your pregnancy. During your first trimester, for instance, you might notice you are actually sleeping more than normal. That is your body prepping the placenta for your baby and making sure you are as healthy as possible. So, this is perfectly natural.
What are some things making sleep difficult, though?
Frequent urge to pee: We know this is probably not just at night. This can make sleep difficult though. As the baby grows the uterus starts putting pressure on the bladder. You can also thank your kidneys for working overtime. They are filtering everything that comes through your system, which just means more waste output. If your baby is really active at night, you might see you get up to go to the bathroom more than normal.
Increased heart rate: If you are one of the many people with a mental disorder, like anxiety, it can just cause more anxiety. It can be hard to ignore at times, but your heart is working extra to pump blood to you and your baby.
Shortness of breath: You might be finding you are taking in more air than normal or at least trying. As your baby grows, the pressure on your diaphragm goes up. This is why you feel short of breath. It’s perfectly normal, though. If you can manage it, take a few deep breaths every so often.
Leg and back pain: It is common for pregnant women to have leg and back pain later on in their pregnancy. Not only with the extra weight of the baby, but also because your body is making a hormone called relaxin. We know, it sounds like it should relax you -- and it does, in a way. It is making sure your bones, muscles, and everything else, are ready for the birth and delivery process. This is one of the many reasons pregnant women are more prone to injury.
Constipation and heartburn: This unfortunate combo depends on the individual birth mother. During pregnancy, your digestive system slows down to absorb every nutrient possible. In other words, food is in the stomach longer. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about this. To help prevent heartburn and constipation, make sure you are eating a healthy diet.
And of course, the thoughts, debates, and questions going through your mind regarding your decision to choose adoption.
Those are the most common problems that can happen during your unplanned pregnancy. Some women even say their dreams become really vivid.
Tips for Sleep
With all the emotions, stress and decisions needed to be made in your adoption journey, how are you supposed to get the sleep you need? This may vary from birth mother to birth mother. Especially if you are anxious, you may find that you toss and turn in bed and need to get up and do something to feel tired. If this happens, try reading a book. Watch some TV. Or, catch up on some emails. It might be late, but your baby doesn’t know that. You are on baby time and baby time is a unique period in your life.
But what really can help?
Sleeping position: As soon as you know you are pregnant, start to sleep on your side. Consult with your doctor to see if there is a recommended side you should position yourself on. They may recommend your left side. Since your liver is on your right side, all the pressure on your liver can make it hard to do its job. Sleeping on your left side also makes sure there isn’t pressure on your back. Plus, as the baby grows, so does your stomach. Talk to your doctor before buying one of the pregnancy pillows to see which one they recommend for you.
Caffeine: This shouldn’t be a huge part of your diet anyway but if you can’t help it, try to limit it to morning time only.
Liquids and food: Make sure not to take in too much liquid right before bed. Stay hydrated, but the less you drink before bed, the fewer times you have to get up. Same with food.
Stretching: This can help if you wake up from leg cramps. Try stretching out your legs to help with the pain. It can’t hurt to even take up some light yoga. Of course, before you add anything to your routine, talk to your doctor!
Stay off your phone: We see you and we know this is hard. Stay off your phone at least thirty minutes before bed. The blue light from your screen can trick your brain into thinking it isn’t as late as it is. It messes with your sleep schedule.
Sleep and Unplanned Pregnancy
Sleep during your unplanned pregnancy and adoption journey is your friend. We understand that there are going to be times it might be hard. Stress and anxiety are going to keep you awake. But, try to remember that there is a whole team by your side through this process. Do your best to get as much sleep as possible. If that is hard during the day, try taking a few short naps (20-60 minutes) during the day.
You got this, though. Placing your baby for adoption is a selfless and challenging choice to make. But, with the proper sleep, you and your baby will both have a smooth and successful adoption journey.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now!