Sleep Well Prego!

 

 

So Hubby may be annoyed that there’s ahem, a ‘third person’ in your bed putting space between you and him but he’ll have to get over it for the next several months because if you’re at the point in your pregnancy where you need to sleep on your side then doing it with a body pillow is the only way to rest peacefully!
A body pillow does cover a lot of bases and some women find that its the only support they need while side sleeping during their pregnancy but I like to rest on a neck countering pillow and I like to use mid spine support too.
The body pillow helps keep shoulders and hips aligned while side sleeping and the neck pillow helps keep the cervical spine in line too.  There are many mid spine support pillows out there but I made mine by rolling up a bath mat and securing it with rubber bands.  It works fabulously!  I also love sleeping with my baobeimaternity support band on because it gives me the gentle support my abdominal muscles while I sleep.  You may not realize this but when we sleep the abdominal muscles completely relax which can stretch the muscles overtime so gentle support while sleeping is a good idea.
If you’re not using support pillows, or if you’re not using the right kind of support pillows, you may wake up feeling achy and groggy due to misaligned joints which cause poor blood flow and you may be having incomplete sleep cycles due to discomfort.  Really consider making some of the changes I suggest in this post because sleep is the most precious form of fuel for us and for baby right now!  So lets use all the tools we have to get the quality rest tonight.  Sleep Tight Pregos!

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Need a Refreshing Afternoon Caffeine Fix? Yerba Mate may be exactly what you’re looking for

 

yerba mateIf I need an afternoon caffeine boost then this double dark chocolate mate tea is what I reach for. Its main ingredients are yerba mate & dark cocoa powder so the taste is refreshing & chocolaty all at once which sounds like a bizarre contradiction… refreshing chocolate?!😞 But those are the first two descriptions that come to mind! Ha Its just a tad sweet with a clean finish, especially when you drink it on ice the way I like to👌.

Yerba Matte has also proven to make a big impact on our health because of the polyphenols like flavinoids & phenolic acids it contains. Here’s what it can do for your body if you drink it regularly which means, 5-7x’s per week for 3 or more weeks:

-increase in mental focus
-improved mood
-promotes deeper sleep *drink at least 8 hrs before bed time
-promotes weight loss & revs the metabolism
-may relieve some allergies & symptoms of asthma

References: nih.gov, Huffnagle, G 2004