Pregnancy Sleep Tips

Pregnancy Sleep Tips to Help You Finally Get a Solid Night's Rest

Marianne Ryan PT was recently interviewed by Cassie Shortsleeve of Shape magazine for their article on Pregnancy Sleep Tips to help you finally get a solid night's sleep

Pregnancy Sleep Tips

Doctor-backed tips on how to fall asleep, stay asleep, and rest better with a baby on the way.

You can't sleep on your back (that could compress blood vessels to the uterus, limiting blood flow to your baby), and sleeping on your stomach is out (a bump makes that pretty tough). But you don't want to be on your side with one knee up in a figure-four position either, says Lauren Peterson, D.P.T., owner and clinical director of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City. "This forces the hips forward, putting pressure on the peripheral nerves; it ends up lengthening the muscles in one leg and shortening the muscles of the other, all the while leading to uncomfortable sleep and more pain while awake." (FYI, these prenatal yoga moves can help relieve pain naturally.)

The solution: placing a pillow between your knees. This supports proper alignment of your low back and hips, which will make for a more comfortable night's sleep, she says. Or, try a pregnancy pillow, suggests Marianne Ryan, P.T., a Manhattan-based physical therapist with a specialty in prenatal and postnatal care.

To read the full article click HERE

MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is an award-winning author, physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years’ experience treating prenatal and postpartum women. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and the creator of the groundbreaking DIY “Baby Bod” program, which is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between medical care and fitness advice. As a leading women’s health expert (and a mom), Marianne is passionate about helping women reclaim their changed bodies, whether they are pregnant, recently took part in the joy of birth or are experiencing the “joy” of menopause. Watch her TEDX video, “What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth” at

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