Six Ways to Sleep Better During Twin Pregnancy

Sleep Better When You're Having Twins

Most parents expect to experience sleepless nights when their twins are babies. However, many pregnant moms are surprised by how difficult it is to get proper rest during their pregnancy with multiples. Physical discomfort and anxiety can produce occasional restlessness, or full blown insomnia. What can you do to get more shut-eye during pregnancy? Try these tips from moms who've been there. This is how to sleep better when you're pregnant with twins. 

1
Naps

Pregnant woman asleep on her bed
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"I napped at noon, after dinner, and then went to bed at the normal time." ~ Mom of Twins

Catching up on sleep during the day can alleviate fatigue after a restless night. Your body will let you know when to rest, so find a quiet spot and give in to your drowsiness. Even a quick catnap of 20 or 30 minutes will refresh you.

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Body Pillow

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Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, White. Courtesy of Amazon.com

A body pillow (Buy from Amazon.com) supports your pregnant form in a comfortable position, easing the strain on your muscles and spine. Look for one that is at least five feet long, designed to support the back and cradle the belly. Although they're definitely a worthwhile investment, you can also improvise by using a combination of regular bed pillows.

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3
Recliner

Recliner Chair
Try sleeping in a recliner during twin pregnancy.. Tim Hawley / Getty Images

"A friend gave us an old recliner. I slept in it for the last month of my pregnancy, and then, since I had a C-section, I continued to sleep in it for about another two weeks after the twins were born." ~ Mom of Twins

If you just can't get comfortable in bed, consider a roomy recliner, like a La-Z-Boy. You may find it more comfortable than lying flat. (Test it out first to make sure you can get in and out!)

4
Eat and Drink Right

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Eat and drink strategically for better sleep during twin pregnancy.. Geri Lavrov / Getty Images

What you put in your mouth may be at the root of your sleep problems! Drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated, but slack off on your intake in the evening to avoid frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Cut back on spicy or salty foods and completely avoid caffeine. Warm milk is soothing and gives you an added boost of calcium.

5
Ask Your Doctor

Pregnant Woman Talking to Doctor
Discussing Delivery Options in a Twin Birth. Tetra Images / Getty Images
Don't suffer. If you're constantly tossing and turning, seek help. Your doctor may be able to recommend an over-the-counter or prescription remedy that is safe for you and won't impact your babies. Discuss the exact reasons for your sleeplessness. Is it physical discomfort like heartburn or leg cramps? Is it anxiety? Pinpointing the cause will help your doctor find the most effective solution.

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6
Relax

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Relax to sleep better during twin pregnancy.. JGI/Tom Grill / Getty Images
You're pregnant! How can you be expected to relax enough to fall asleep? Anything soothing is worth a try: warm baths, warm milk, soft music, a good book. Your sleep environment should be conducive to relaxation: diffused lighting, reduced noise, cozy linens, comfortable temperature. Ask your partner for help; a massage, gentle hair brushing, or a foot rub may do the trick.

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