Sleep help !

Brittany Deanne - posted on 12/09/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm a hypochondriac lol and I read somewhere on the Internet about sleeping on your back and the risks if it while pregnant so I'm like three months can I still sleep on my back?

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Margie - posted on 01/14/2014

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at three months you are fine. But starting your fifth month or so:
The best sleep position during pregnancy is “SOS” (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs.

If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath; try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.
These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them out and you may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night and rotating positions is fine.

What sleep positions during pregnancy should I avoid?

Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).

Sleeping on your stomach: When you are farther along in your pregnancy, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.

Katherine - posted on 01/09/2014

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I would double check with your doc if it makes you feel better but I'm pretty sure you're okay at this point. By the time it is dangerous to the baby, it will be way too uncomfortable to sleep like that anyway. I think it's something about the blood flow being cut off because of the baby's weight compressing down. At this point, baby doesn't weigh enough to compress anything. :) Good luck!

Trixie - posted on 01/07/2014

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I was told not to sleep on my back or stomach.... so I sleep just on sides. With 5 pillows. /\ head / back \ front and / between legs. Don't stress it.... If you feel comfortable then I'm sure your okay. Make sure you ask your doctor. Honestly he will say "stop reading internet crap" lol congratulations - 20 weeks with girl

Uniqea - posted on 12/12/2013

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I'm about four months now... I sleep on my back, well at least I wake up on my back, I go to sleep on my side... everything still seems to be pretty smooth for me. Most bad I've heard is sleeping on my stomach, which stinks because that's how I like to fall asleep and I'm slowly losing that option as my belly grows... Hope that helped! And congrats!

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