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Size of Fetus at Five Months:
5 Natural Sleep Remedies
For women who are pregnant, getting a good night’s sleep (about 7-9 hours each night) may prove challenging. The following five natural sleep remedies may help.
Yoga and slow stretching: Can help you unwind, alleviate anxiety, de-stress, and prepare for childbirth.
Deep breathing: Most people don’t breathe correctly, or at least in a way that benefits most. Be sure to take long, deep breaths from the diaphragm.
30 minutes of exercise daily: Non-strenuous exercise, such as walking, daily for about 30 minutes can help you sleep, de-stress, and improve sleep quality.
Extra pillows: Extra pillows may help relieve pressure points and keep you from tossing and turning. Depending on your sleep position, try a pillow tucked under your tummy or one tucked between your legs.
Take a warm bath or shower: A relaxing warm bath or shower helps adjust your body temperature, signaling that it is time for sleep. Just make sure the water is warm, never hot.
Nutrient Spotlight: Iodine
Iodine is a key nutrient the body needs to make thyroid hormones, which are essential to every cell in your body. Though the body cannot produce iodine on its own, iodine may be obtained through diet (seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs)
Thyroid hormones are essential to every cell in your body and support the healthy development and function of your brain, heart, bones, muscles, metabolism, and immunity. Thyroid hormones are also vital to the healthy development of the central nervous system and skeletal system of a fetus (or a baby) during pregnancy.1-4
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) recommends that women who are pregnant or lactating intake 220-250 mcg daily and those who are breastfeeding intake 250-290 mcg daily.5 To help meet these recommendations, the ATA suggests taking a supplement with 150 mcg of iodine as potassium iodide.5
Normal to Experience:
Facial hair is very common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes. You may also find excess hair starting to sprout on your breasts and stomach. This increase in hair growth is not permanent. Most excess hair goes away after you give birth or after you stop breastfeeding.
Hair removal methods seen safe during pregnancy include tweezing, waxing, shaving, and threading. If the increase in facial hair concerns you, ask your healthcare provider to suggest the safest, most effective method for you.
Watch Out for:
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the round ligament connects the front portion of the uterus to the groin. Normal movement, such as standing up quickly, laughing, or even coughing, can make these ligaments stretch and contract quickly, causing pain. This pain should only last for a few seconds; however, if the pain lasts for a few minutes and becomes severe, call your healthcare provider immediately.6
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.