When you're pregnant, nine months of of getting less-than-adequate sleep can seem hopeless and daunting, especially knowing that your little one will keep you for many restless nights of crying and feeding. We've come up with a list of a few things to help you or your expecting significant other while baby is still on their way:

 

 

  • Easy exercise. Light exercise during pregnancy prevents joints and muscles from stiffening, and it also helps severe of leg cramps during the night. It is better for a pregnant woman to exercise earlier in the day so that exercise-induced adrenaline doesn't keep you up at night.
  • Eat something light before bed. A woman’s appetite increases during pregnancy. To help night-time hunger try indulging in a light snack before you go to bed. However, pregnancy cravings might convince you to go for that Hershey's bar in the pantry, but stay away from sugary snacks, as they can keep you up at night or make your sleep more restless. Try something filled with proteins or carbohydrates instead for a more filling, healthier snack that won't make sleep harder to attain.
  • Memory foam mattresses. A good memory foam mattress provides better support than an innerspring mattress and contours perfectly to your body shape to relieve painful pressure points. And because it contours to your specific body type, it will support you perfectly at any stage of your pregnancy. Memory foam is also shock absorbent, so no matter how much you toss and turn your partner will sleep undisturbed. A good pillow will also help support your neck and upper back while you sleep.
  • Drink less before you go to bed. It is critical for you to remain hydrated, both for your own health and for the health of your growing baby. However, consuming liquid before you go to be can interrupt your sleep with trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, especially since pregnant women tend to fell like they have to go to the bathroom more often because of increased blood flow and pressure on their bladder.

What are some things that you or your partner have done while pregnant in order to improve sleep?