Pregnancy and SleepPhones
The SleepPhones family is getting a new member! The CEO (me) is due to deliver a baby very soon! Here is a picture of me posing in bed wearing SleepPhones.
Nearly all sleep-inducing drugs are potentially harmful to babies when the mother is pregnant and are not recommended. Even Benadryl or Tylenol PM (which also contains diphenhydramine) shouldn't be taken while breastfeeding because they reduce the amount of milk production. Many chemicals can cross the placenta or mammary glands, so please ask your doctor before taking any medications (even over-the-counter meds), herbals (including valerian root, kava kava, and maybe chamomile), or supplements (like melatonin). None of the ones just listed are recommended during pregnancy.
SleepPhones are great for pregnant and breast-feeding women because they are a natural method for falling asleep without drugs. I've been listening to hypnobirthing CDs at bedtime to train myself to relax during the delivery process. Hypnosis is great for general sleep as well as a variety of other things to help the mind think a certain way. The hypno-birthing CD has lots of positive affirmations to reduce pain and fear as well as a guided relaxation technique. I've learned some great breathing techniques, but we'll see if I can actually do them during delivery!