The world seems to be able to make pregnancy seem beautiful and easy, and that can’t be further from the truth. Pregnancy is a hard and long road, filled with a lot of things that can make a woman uncomfortable. It is important to try and bring as much comfort as one can to women who are expecting.
A lot of the aches and pains come at night time. When a woman is ready to settle in for the night, she is reminded of how hard her day was and it will start to fight back. This is usually the time when she is sore and is trying to find some sense of comfort, so she can fall asleep. Most women have a nightstand, a little desk and drawer beside their bed where the may keep a few belongings. It is a good idea to keep this fully stocked when a woman is expecting. If a woman is suddenly woken up by a bought of heartburn in the middle of the night, for example, it is best that what she needs is right there. This way she doesn’t have to fumble around in the dark or even get out of bed.
From the obvious, to the things one wouldn’t even think of, we have the top 20 things that are essential to creating the most comfortable night sleep possible for a woman who is carrying a child.
Heartburn is not a fun part of pregnancy. It can cause a lot of discomfort, and it is almost impossible to find sleep when it feels like a woman’s insides are burning. Tums, or other antacids, are normally find for a woman to take, and she will need these things in her nightstand drawer. This way, when she woken up, she can just reach out and find relief.
Heartburn happens a lot at night because when a woman lays down, gravity is not on her side. It is always best to sleep a little propped up so that it is harder for the stomach acid to work its way up. If this is not possible, then Tums should always be at the ready.
19 Crackers Or Another Small Snack
Food becomes an obsession during pregnancy, and it is important to have saltine crackers, or some other little snack in the nightstand drawer at all stages of pregnancy. The reason they are there will vary by trimester. In the first trimester, morning sickness can be a lot to handle. It is normally worse in the morning because it is always worse on an empty stomach. Having some crackers to munch on before you even get out of bed can help alleviate the nausea.
As a woman progresses in her pregnancy, she may find herself hungry all the time. This includes the middle of the night. Having snacks right there is a lot easier than trying to navigate the house in the dark trying to find the fridge.
18 Water Bottle!
Water is so important for every and all humans, but it is especially important for a woman to drink water when she is pregnant. It is recommended that she drink more than the 8 glasses a day that is considered normal. If water is handy, then it is a lot easier for one to consume. A lot easier than if she needs to seek it out.
Keep a couple of water bottles in the nightstand drawer so that it is always accessible to mom-to-be. All she needs to do is reach over in the middle of the night. Just be careful because this may have mom running to the bathroom more than she already is.
17 Carpal Tunnel Relief!
Carpal tunnel is a pregnancy side effect that no one really tells you about. It can creep up on a woman when she is pregnant. No one warned me that you could get this when you are pregnant, and I ended up with it with both of my pregnancies. It happens because of swelling in the wrists that causes pressure on the nerves. This results in pain, tingling and a numbness feeling in the hand and fingers.
It seems to be worse at night, but what can provide a lot of relief are wrist guards that can take some of the pressure off. If you wear these, make sure they stay in the nightstand drawer, so you are not searching the house late at night for where you last had them.
16 A Good Book!
Unfortunately, insomnia can be a big part of pregnancy. When a woman just can’t fall asleep at night, and if she does not feel like getting out of bed than it is a good idea to keep a good book in the nightstand drawer. A good piece of advice is to not have it be a pregnancy/baby book. This may cause some stress and anxiety which is not going to help anyone fall asleep.
Make sure it is something light and fun, something to distract mom and help her relax. It is also good to have one there for those days when she just doesn’t feel like getting out of bed. There will be those days and you want to enjoy them as much as possible before the baby comes.
While it is true that women need to watch what medications, they take when they are pregnant, Tylenol is usually one of the ones on the safe list. Of course, it is always a good idea to run any medication by your doctor first. Once you are in the clear, make sure to keep this medication right by your bed. As we said earlier, a lot of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy tend to show up at night.
If a woman is woken up in the middle of the night by an aching body, she should be able to reach over and grab her bottle of Tylenol. There will also be water there, refer to previous entry, so she is already all set to take something that will help her get some rest.
14 Headphones … You’ll Need Them
Headphones are definitely one of the items that a mom-to-be may not even realize she needs, because it is not always clear why she would need them. Headphones can serve many uses. Pregnancy is a time when mom needs to get some rest, which can be hard to do if she has a partner who snores. Headphones can help block that out, so she can rest.
She may also find listening to some music calming. Headphones allow mom-to-be to listen in without disturbing anyone else around her. She can just plug right in and let the music carry her away to slumber town. You may want to make sure the music your listening to is nice and calming, heavy metal may not make the best lullaby.
13 Stop Watch
Here is a big one, a stopwatch. As a woman progresses in labour, she may start to worry about when labour will come. It can happen at any time, and it can cause a lot of anxiety in a woman. An easy way to calm any nerves and fear is to try and be as prepared as possible. There is always the possibility that you may go into labour in the middle of the night, so we need to be prepared.
Keeping a stopwatch in the nightstand will make sure you have something to count contractions right there. That means when the time comes, mom (or dad) can start counting contractions right away.
12 A Certain Smell
When it comes to being pregnant, the most important thing is comfort. Women who are expecting need to find whatever works to make them comfortable. This may be different things to different people, but a lot of people respond very well to smell. Smells can bring us comfort, and if you find one that works keep it close to you at night.
Sleeping when pregnant can be hard, simply because a woman has a hard time getting comfortable. Essential oils are very trendy, and they have shown to have success in calming people down. Try finding one that works for you and have it right there beside your bed.
11 Dental Floss (Yes, It Sounds Weird)
Dental floss seems like a weird item to have on this list, but here it is. Pregnant women are notorious for having very sensitive gums when pregnant. They are easier to bleed and are prone for pain. If a woman gets something stuck in her teeth in the middle of the night, it can be very uncomfortable. Instead of getting up to go brush your teeth, keep some floss in your nightstand.
They make a special floss for women who are pregnant that is a lot gentler on the gums. The last thing a woman wants is to try and alleviate the discomfort but ends up bringing more by using floss that may be too harsh for her mouth.
10 Her Phone! Of Course!
We can’t believe this didn’t show up on the list earlier, but it definitely can not be left out. It is important that mom-to-be has her phone right next to her when she is in bed. It also has nothing to do with our incessant need to always check our phone. If mom is further along in her pregnancy and happens to be home alone, she will need to be able to contact people if she should go into labour.
By making sure her phone is always beside her bed, she will have easy access to it if labour should come in the middle of the night. If there is an outlet plug nearby, mom should keep it on charge as she sleeps so it is always ready to go should she need it.
Our skin takes a lot of the brunt of pregnancy and it is not mentioned nearly enough. Pregnancy hormones can cause the skin to be more sensitive than normal and dryer than normal. As the skin stretches it can cause a lot of itching and it is never a good idea to scratch yourself raw. Instead of doing that, have some good moisturizer right near your bed.
When you wake up in the middle of the night with extremely itchy skin, the lotion will be right there for you to apply and which should cause immediate relief. It is also a good idea to make applying lotion a part of your nighttime routine, and having the bottle right there makes it a lot easier.
8 Body Pillow (Maybe Not In The Nightstand)
We are going to cheat for this one, because I don’t think anyone could actually fit this item in their nightstand drawer, but it is something every woman needs when she is pregnant. Sleeping on your stomach or back is not recommended when pregnant, which leaves your sides. This can be an uncomfortable position to sleep in and a pregnancy pillow can help provide some support to your back and knees.
It doesn’t have to be an official pregnancy pillow either, it can also just be a body pillow that mom uses to place between her knees to help give some support. These pillows come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important for a woman to find the one that is right for her.
A prenatal vitamin is essential when pregnant, and there are very few doctors that would tell a woman she doesn’t have to take one. It helps support healthy growth of the baby and makes sure no essential nutrients are missing. However, there is one problem with these, we all occasionally forget to take them.
Life is busy and there are often times we get in bed at the end of the day and remember everything we forgot to do that day, including taking our prenatal vitamins. If you keep these by your bed and start making them a part of your routine, you are much more likely to remember to take them daily.
6 A Picture Of Your Baby
Before we even have our baby, they are special to us. We love them from the moment we see those two pink lines and our love only grows every time we see a glimpse of them on an ultrasound machine. We start collecting all of these ultrasound pictures and we spend a lot of time looking at them and imagining what our baby will be like.
It is not a bad idea to keep one of these pictures either on your nightstand or in a drawer. When you are up at night and can’t sleep and start getting frustrated about this whole pregnancy thing, look at the picture. It can remind you why you are doing this and make everything seem worth it. This may be enough comfort to get the rest you need.
5 A Journal
There are a lot of women out there who find comfort in writing things down, in keeping a journal. Pregnancy may seem like a long time, but it really does go by so fast and we end up with a little baby and no memory of the 9-months we just lived. Keeping a journal by your bed will allow you to write down memories to recall later.
It is also a fun idea to keep a dream journal. Pregnancy dreams can get pretty out of control, and they can be so absurd that a woman may want to write them down. When she wakes up from one in the middle of the night, she can jot it down and have a good laugh at it later.
4 Tennis Balls … Trust Us!
This is not a mistake; tennis balls are supposed to be on this list. Keep a couple tennis balls in the nightstand. For this one to work you may need a partner. When a woman nears the end of her pregnancy, she will start to have a lot of pain in her hips and pelvis. This is due to the large baby who is growing rapidly. This can also make it nearly impossible to sleep.
If you have tennis balls, get your partner to take them in their hands and roll them over your back or wherever it hurts. It is a great way of relieving some of the pain associated with pregnancy and may be just what you need to fall back asleep.
Ginger is a spice and it is really helpful at battle upset stomach and nausea. We are not recommending that women keep actual ginger in their nightstand drawer and just pull it out and munch on it, but there are a lot of ginger products for pregnant woman.
Ginger candies are favoured among pregnant woman for helping to battle nausea in pregnancy. They can help in the first trimester, when mom feels sick all the time. They can even help at the end when the nausea sometimes returns. They are also helpful for those poor women who have to deal with nausea throughout their whole pregnancy. Having them handy is perfect because no one has to get out of bed.
Sometimes, all we need in life is a good book and a pair of comfortable slippers. Slippers that are warm and comfy are essential when pregnant and should always be left by the nightstand. When a woman is in her third trimester, she will be getting up a lot during the night to go to the bathroom. There is usually no way out of this excursion, so why not make it as comfortable as possible.
By having slippers there, mom can just slip them on when she goes to the bathroom and then slip them back off when she goes into bed. It is important to find ones that are easy to just place your foot in, because it can be hard to bed down and fix slippers when you have a big belly in the way.
1 Good Old-Fashioned Tissues!
Tissues are usually something that everyone has beside their bed, and it is no different when a woman is expecting. It is always a good idea to be fully stocked in the tissue department because you never know when you are going to need them. Congestion and a runny nose are common occurrences during pregnancy thanks to all the hormones, so it is good to have a supply there to help.
Pregnancy hormones are also known to make a woman more emotional than normal so having tissues there can be helpful when she wakes up crying in the middle of the night for no reason. That will happen, we promise you.