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Q&A: Safe sleeping positions while pregnant?

I've been reading that you shouldn't sleep on your back when you're pregnant, but even if I go to sleep on my side or stomach (yes, I do this too) I wake up on my back. How dangerous is this? Do I really need to do something to prevent it?

Re: I've been reading that you shouldn't sleep on your back when you're pregnant, but even if I go to sleep on my side or stomach (yes, I do this too) I wake up on my back. How dangerous is this? Do I really need to do something to prevent it?

The Bump Expert

I had the same problem when I was pregnant. Doctors recommend that you avoid sleeping on your back after your first trimester because it causes you to unintentionally focus your weight on a major vein that moves blood to the heart from your feet and legs, which in turn forces the heart to work harder. But doctors also tend to be quick to tell you not to worry about it if you wake up and find that you've rolled onto your back. Changing positions while you snooze is normal, and losing sleep over whether you're in the right position doesn't do anyone any good.

That said, it's recommended that you train yourself to sleep on your side -- ideally your left one because the position improves blood flow throughout your body, including to your uterus and fetus.

Using body and regular pillows as sleep props is a great way to help you get and stay as comfortable as possible during the coming months.

Erika Lenkert

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Is the right side safe as well as left? I have tendonitis in my left hip and it is starting to hurt sleeping on the left. Any suggestions? THanks!

jc&cat |

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I have been catching cramps in my right arm and my left leg, which is screwing me on body positions right now.

LadyCheena |

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Yes, it is safe to sleep on your right side too. My doctor told me I'm okay on my back as long as I put a pillow under my right side to tilt my body. That's what I find most comfortable so that's what I do.

sneufeld |

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i sleep on my side, but when i wake up i feel like i have been doing sit ups all night, why does it feel so sore?

Khecht |

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when is sleep position important? i'm 7 weeks, should i be concerned yet? i'm a belly sleeper... are you suppose to avoid stomach sleeping just because it's uncomfortable or because it is actually bad?

njkitty |

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Good question njkitty. I was also wondering the same thing. I am 6 weeks now (and normally am a stomach sleeper) but now if I lay on my stomach or on my side, I feel a pressure in my belly and it feels uncomfortable. I think I can manage sleeping on my side a little easier than sleeping on my back (that just seems impossible for me), but I am still unsure of what is safest for my baby at this time.

tglezelis |

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I'm 9 weeks pregnant and find that if i lay on either side for more than 5 or 10 mins that i either get abdominal cramps or feel really nauseas, the only way i can sleep is on my back is this bad?

heva5 |

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Is sleeping on your tummy during the first Trimester bad?

mandi1103 |

Q&A: Safe sleeping positions while pregnant?

on my yoga class i learned to rest my self like a child. this position is called child pose and it really works but you dont ley on your belly its bad. try to search for yoga child pose it really relaxes your muscles and back and legs

carmoon |

Q&A: Safe sleeping positions while pregnant?

I was always a belly sleeper as well. I slept on my stomach with one leg pulled up (to keeo the weight of my body off my belly) until it was uncomfortable for me. My doctor also said it was fine to be partially on my back with one side propped up by pillows, and I find that keeping a pillow (or the back of the couch) behind me so I can't roll, and a small pillow under my belly works the best now that I'm bigger.

Dragonfly1741 |

Q&A: Safe sleeping positions while pregnant?

I'd say if your a belly sleeper, by the time you hit the time you would have to worry about it, you'll probably be too far along to sleep comfortably on your belly anyway. At 31 weeks I've slept half on my side half on my belly every night. By 17weeks or so flat on my belly felt like someone was tugging my insides. I'm getting to the point that I have to sleep more and more on my side every night because my belly is just too big.

AngelRaine |

Q&A: Safe sleeping positions while pregnant?

Sleeping on your right side is supposed to block the of the oxygen to the baby, but I can't sleep on my left, or my stomach. I'm at 29 weeks now and the thought of sleeping on my stomach is repulsive only because I'm so big! I think it would harm the baby at this point. When I asked my doctor about sleeping on my right side....he said that once your large that sleeping on your back is worse because the baby is putting pressure on your spine and can harm these nerves....but when I told him that I try to sleep on my side but wake up on my back every morning...he said to quit worrying so much. :)

kyork1968 |