Sleeping is a pain during pregnancy and she would frequently tell you that! Ever wondered why? Sleeping on the back lets the baby put pressure on the mother’s spine, back muscles and even the intestines and major blood vessels. The result is pain, decreased blood supply and discomfort – this will increase as she moves further ahead in pregnancy. Moreover, the baby may kick the uterus, which can particularly increase during night-time. Clearly, sleeping will be difficult, especially in last few months of pregnancy. It is important for you to, first, accept that. What are the steps that can be taken to reduce these problems? An expensive option is the fully-body pillow (around INR 6000 on Amazon) that can relax the spine and abdomen. The simpler ways are: 1) Using a soft pillow (not the regular, rectangular one) to fill up the space in the ‘curve’ of the spine. Note that there is a curve (or a depression) in the lower back region, on which the baby exerts all the pressure! Filling this space with a soft pillow will help in reducing discomfort. However, ensure that the pillow does not raise the shoulders or lift the body. 2) In side-sleeping position, keep the lower leg partially bent and the upper leg straight, over the lower leg. This will achieve the same effect on the spine. 3) Moreover, few simple spine stretching exercises (e.g. kneeling down, moving the spine side-ways) will also help. 4) Herbal tea before sleep is known to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. It’s also important to “get” a good night’s sleep i.e. not sleeping too late, shutting off TV and cell-phones and not disturbing your biological clock. These issues could worsen the existing challenge of sleeping in pregnancy. Hope you are able to sail through the sleeping times!