Will laying on my right side hurt the baby?

Amanda - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I've heard you shouldn't lay on your right side becasue it will hurt the baby is this true? I know when you lay on your right side the baby pushes on the vena cava and makes you dizzy. It hasn't made me dizzy but someone once said it can hurt the baby too. Is this true?

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Divyasri - posted on 02/05/2013

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my baby sleeping on straight body,but her head is on right side.she is not moving her head bothsides freely.wat can i do?is there any problem?

Maria - posted on 10/09/2009

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I'm only speaking from experience, having had two big pregnancies previously. Whatever works for you and you're comfortable (and you don't feel your baby object to lying position), is absolutely fine. It will be helpful if you have a bolster pillow (or throw pillow) to support your lumbar or lower back when your sleeping or simply resting on your side or back. Plus it relieves the tension too. And yes, it doesn't hurt the baby. He'll probably thank you for it!

Michelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I asked my doctor was it alright that I slept on my right side or on my back(and this was when I was 7-8 months along). I told him it was the only way that I could get comfortable.... and his advise was whatever makes you comfortable enough to sleep, then do so. Your body knows what is doing. And you know, I have a perfect 18 month old.

Evelyn - posted on 10/09/2009

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every pregnancy is different, depending on the situation (some people are high risk) if ur healthy it's okay...u may feel discomfort if the baby doesn't like the position, but u can always turn to the other side...placing a pillow between your thighs when lying on your side is also a big help...i have 4 children and i've layed on my right side plenty of times...for high risk pregnancies, u may wanna consult your doc...

Stina - posted on 10/09/2009

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depends on the year you are pregnant. each of my pregnancies the advice was different. jk



Seriously though- lay in whatever position makes you comfortable. It is so hard to stay comfortable during the last months of pregnancy that I found myself readjusting pretty often. It helps to bolster yourself with pillows.

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Eileen - posted on 10/09/2009

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No defo not!! Dont be worrying its all old wives tales all they say is that lying on your left side helps the circulation to the baby but there is no harm to the baby if you lie on your right side or your back so dont be worrying!! :)

DEBORA - posted on 10/09/2009

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you can do either side but using a sleep wedge to pillow will help keep you from rolling onto your back ,i was highrisk my dr said either side was fine .when i took a nap it was in a recliner had once when woke up to notice heart beat was very faint so i got up and walked around the kitchen and then into bathroom by this time heart beat was stronger so all i could think was they weight of baby caused it at 51/2 months but never had that again ,yet i had laid towards to leftside as much as possible .the next time i napped inthat chair i had a pillow behind me so i wouldn`t lay on back.best to check with obgyn.

Nicoll - posted on 10/09/2009

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No totally not, im pregannt and can only lay on my right side, my little girls growing perfectly!

Melisssa - posted on 10/09/2009

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I layed on both sides for all 3 of my pregnancies. All I know is to not to lay on your stomach or back.

Stacey - posted on 10/09/2009

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No,but the left side is better for both of you as mentioned. A much better blood flow.

Tiffany - posted on 10/09/2009

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I slept anyway I possibly could. On my back, each side, whatever. You dont stay in one position for very long, so I wouldnt worry about it.

Lisa - posted on 10/09/2009

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Sleeping on your back will hurt the baby. the weight of your uterus will press on a very important vessel that supplies nutrients to the baby. the best way to sleep is on either side. the left side will allow maximum circulation

Thea - posted on 10/09/2009

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NO!!! I asked my Doc( one of the best in Alberta) Only when you are on your back COULD it POSIBLY hurt your baby. There is a blood vesel that the Baby pushes on once you are further along that could restrict blood flow to the lower hafe of your body. Both sides are ok to lay on. Good luck with you baby!

Becca - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Amanda, I would suggest you double check with your Dr. on this one. Sleeping on the left is advised because of blood flow issues (both of my boys were high risk births so this is what I was told) I did find that by turning the bed around to the other side of the room help me be more comfortable with the left side sleeping. It kept me facing the door to the room which is what I was use to...sounds goofy but whatever works is what ya do!! lol Good luck to you !!

Johnien - posted on 10/09/2009

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no you will not hurt the baby,it's more for you when you lay on your right side you are putting a lot of pressure on your lungs and not so much when your on your left it also has something to do with blood flow.

Laura - posted on 10/09/2009

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From Dr Sears website -

9. Sleep right. Your body will normally let you know what is the most comfortable sleeping position. Standard pregnancy advice is that after the fourth month back sleeping should be avoided, since lying on your back puts the whole weight of your uterus on the major blood vessels that lay to the right of your spine. Since some women find themselves unable to sleep on their left side, the advice to avoid both back and right side lying is distressing for them. There is a theoretical advantage to sleeping on your left side, as it enhances circulation to the placenta. For women with placental problems the advice to sleep on their left side only is of utmost importance. However, most women move around during the course of the night and probably whatever position is comfortable for you is all right. Realistically, by the time you should not be sleeping on your stomach, you will find it is very uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach; and by the time you should not be sleeping on your back, you will find it is very uncomfortable to sleep on your back.



The only other thing I found was that laying on the right may reduce blood flow to the fetus/placenta, probably for the same reason it can make you dizzy.

Francesca - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hello Amanda



When you lay on your right side, you also put pressure on your aorta, impeding the flow of oxygen rich blood to the lower half of your body as well as potentially the baby. In some extreme cases it has been said in a few books that it is dangerous but if thats how your most comfortable. Hopefully other moms will have more advice.

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No, it won't hurt the baby, but it is suggested to lay on the left side so you have better circulation. It's hard to always lay and sleep on the same side and really as long as your not flat on your back or on your stomach, I don't think you need to worry about the pressure on the vena cava. I have two very healthy boys that were born without any problems.

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