How sensitive is my pregnant belly to pressure?

Merry - posted on 11/27/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Eric just loves to cuddle, and he likes to tell me how we should snuggle, often he wants to be completely on top of me! I know that I shouldn't be laying on my back soon as I'm 18 weeks pregnant, but I also wonder about if it's bad for Eric to be laying on my belly!
I have assumed that it's ok unless it hurts, but I still wonder.
My belly isn't firm, and the baby is still below my belly button, so I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about how likely it is that I could do harm to the baby by Eric laying on me.
Also when I bf him he is usually laying partially on my belly, so far it doesn't hurt, but I'm thinking.....
Any advise?

Ps Eric is 20months, and 28lbs now just in case anyone wonders.

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Sindhu - posted on 06/07/2013

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Hi thr! I am sindhu and 6 weeks pregnant with my second child. This evening my husband was handing over the laptop to me while I was sitting on the sofa n the laptop just slipped from his hands n fell on to my tummy directly hitting. Now, my doubt is, is the baby fine inside or hurt? The baby was just 3.9mm few days ago when it got scanned. Am so worried wht would have happened inside..

Carolyn - posted on 11/27/2010

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ive read that even at your most pregnant , you can easily fall flat on your stomach on a hard surface and likely not cause any harm if its a normal and healthy pregnancy. ( trying to remember where i read that but cant, it was a good source though) now im not saying go do belly flops in your driveway at 30 + weeks, but breastfeeding your baby shouldnt be an issue.

the reason you shouldnt lay on your back is because the weight of the baby + you body can put pressure on the major artery that carries the blood to the uterus and reduce the blood supply, that has to do with your internal organs positioning and shifting etc while in the laying on your back position.

dont forget your baby is floating around in a big bag of waters, and is still really quite small. i would imagine as you get bigger and baby runs out of room in the womb then it would probably get more uncomfortable.

Merry - posted on 11/28/2010

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Ya when I was 20weeks with eric I had an ultrasound and the dr called me the next day to say his heart rate was really low during the us. She decided it was low because I was on my back, so from that I'm just not wanting to risk the baby's heart rate, if it's like Eric was.

Cat - posted on 11/29/2010

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Try having his head in your lap/on your belly while he nurses and his body off to the side - either just laying across, or tucked kind of next to you (whichever works) - that should take off some pressure, and you should still be able to nurse in public with relative ease :)

Minnie - posted on 11/28/2010

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When I was 14 weeks pregnant with Adelaide Evelyn, who was just about two at the time jumped on my belly while I was lying in bed. We all survived :).



I would imagine that as long as YOU are comfortable there is no problem with him lying on your belly. Your baby is growing inside nature's most efficient shock-absorbing system.



About how you shouldn't be lying on your back- it's only an issue if you are uncomfortable in that position. At 18 weeks your uterus isn't heavy enough to compress your blood vessels and even if you were 36 weeks pregnant and lying on your back you would notice when you became uncomfortable and would change position long before there would be any problem.

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Merry - posted on 11/29/2010

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Yeah, we do the side before nap, night, and during the night.
Buut any ideas for during the day? Or when we are in public?
That's tricky. I'm not big yet, so it's not hard now, but I'm only 4 months so I know that in a few months I'll be quite large and who knows how to fit him on my lap!

Cat - posted on 11/28/2010

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While laying flat on your back is, as you said, inadvisable after a point, having your son on your belly shouldn't be a health issue - however, it'll probably become a comfort issue soon ;-) I would experiment with other nursing positions. Side-lying will be one of your best bets, I would think. :)

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