No matter what you do, sleep can be frustratingly elusive during pregnancy, especially toward the end as it’s virtually impossible to find a truly comfortable position and you’re getting up several times a night to empty your bladder… That said, healthy activity during the day improves sleep quality. Exercise can help your body settle into biorhythms that help you fall asleep more easily and rest more deeply. I recommend working out early in the day, anytime up until about 4:00 pm. A very light workout can be fine later in the day, but avoid vigorous workouts that rev up your energy as bedtime draws near. To feel your best and sleep better, incorporate the following into your weekly routine: moderate cardiovascular exercise, resistance training that targets the postural imbalances of pregnancy, and light stretching. To prepare physically for birth and help ease birth-related anxieties, perform core compressions and Kegels daily.

By Leah Keller, Creator of The Dia Method. Learn more about Leah at