Fast question. I sleep on my side and sometimes on my back so I do have that under control. However, I see a chiropracter on a regular basis and while I'm there he makes me lay on my stomach. I asked him how much longer I was going to be able lay on my stomach. He said always. He said the baby was well padded and that it wouldn't hurt it. I don't think thats right. I'm go see my ob on friday and I'm going to ask her, but I didn't know if any of you would know the answer to that question. (btw I'm 12 weeks)
Your chiropracter is right. My doc said you can lay or sleep however you feel comfortable. On your back, on your left or right side, on your stomach, however you want. The whole reason that people stop laying on their stomach or back is because it's uncomfortable. Once your stomach gets bigger, its obvious why they can't sleep like that anymore. And once you get really big, it can be hard to breathe while laying on your back.
So to sum it up, you can sleep however you want. Your baby is well protected and you won't squish him/her! I am 5 months and still sleep on my stomach!
actually, you should stop laying on your back early on - can't remember the exact week - I want to say sixteen weeks, because there are major blood vessels that run along the back of the uterus and when the baby is pressing on them, it can slow the amount of oxygen and blood to the baby - as for tummy sleeping, I think as long as you are comfortable, go for it - I'm still sleeping on my stomach
When I lay on my stomach the baby kicks a lot so I think she is getting uncomfortable (30w now so I guess that is expected). I agree that you will know when you can no longer sleep on your belly.
I have always been a back sleeper and I have also been concerned about this. Basically my doc said even if you just put a small flat pillow under your right hip you will be OK on your back. You just shouldn't be totally flat, but at a slight angle is OK. Also if your blood supply is cut off you will know it because your feet and legs will start to fall asleep. Also in the third trimester sleeping on your back can lead to greater fluid retention if blood flow is slowed. Sides are best but it is a very hard habit to break. Plus my mom told me "well, they never told me that when I was pregnant with you kids and you all turned out fine!"
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