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Why Every Pregnant Woman Should Consider An Adjustable Bed

by Anne Wells

Have you recently discovered that you're going to have a baby? If so, your nights are likely going to start feeling a whole lot longer. Pregnancy symptoms such as back aches and heartburn lead many women to have trouble sleeping while carrying their babies. Fortunately, you can help fight off future sleepless nights by investing in an adjustable bed; here's why every pregnant woman should have one.

They Alleviate Common Symptoms Of Pregnancy

Heartburn. During pregnancy, your body boosts its production of a hormone called progesterone. While this hormone plays an important role in a healthy pregnancy, it also relaxes the valve between your esophagus and your stomach. A relaxed esophagus, coupled with increased pressure on the intestines and stomach from a growing uterus, usually leads to heartburn, and lots of it. Heartburn is most likely to strike in your third trimester, and it will probably be worst at night when you're lying down and much of your extra weight is pushing down on your belly.

How can an adjustable bed help? An adjustable bed would allow you to keep the upper portion of your bed raised while you sleep, thus keeping your esophagus higher than your stomach. In this position, gravity will naturally help stop your stomach acid from rising into your esophagus and causing heartburn.

For future reference, you'll want to adjust the head of your bed to be about 11 inches higher than the foot of it when it comes time to seek heartburn relief.

Back Pain. As time grows closer to the delivery of your child, the ligaments in your pelvic area will soften, and your pelvic joints will loosen. When this happens, it will interfere with your back's ability to support your body. Your increased weight and posture changes will also put added stress on your spine and back muscles. Eventually, you'll likely experience back pain, as between 50 and 70 percent of pregnant women do.

How can an adjustable bed help? For lower back pain, you can adjust your bed so that the head of it is lying flat and the foot of it is slightly elevated. This position applies reverse pressure on your lower back, both relieving pain and strengthening your back muscles at the same time.

For upper back pain, inclining the head of your bed to be higher than the foot of it will alleviate the pressure on your upper back, thus providing back pain relief while you sleep. In short, no matter what part of your back is stressed and causing you pain, an adjustable bed will allow you to find a position that takes some burden off of your back so you can rest well at night.

Your Good Sleep Is Good For Your Baby

With all the heart burn and back pain relief you get from your new adjustable bed, you're bound to sleep better and night. And do you know what happens when you sleep better at night? You lower your risk of complications at birthing time. Research says that women who don't get enough sleep during pregnancy raise their risk of delivering pre-term babies and of delivering babies with low birth weights. It's not just you who will benefit from an adjustable bed—your baby will, too.

If you've just found out that you're pregnant, get a head start on relieving pregnancy symptoms so you and your baby can get all the comfortable rest you need by contacting a bed supplier and asking to see their assortment of adjustable bed frames and mattresses. Be sure to let them know you're expecting; they can recommend more features that can help make your pregnancy more comfortable, such as an anti-allergen mattress cover (many women develop allergies during pregnancy) or adjustable heat settings.