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1521759 tn?1298337665

sleep position during pregnacy

Hello I'm 19weeks pregnant should I stop sleeping on my back?
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1169162 tn?1331232353
My OB said that as long as I was not short of breath then I was likely not compromising my blood flow when on my back - I was most comfortable on my back when sleeping.  What I did to make things safer was to try to sleep on my left side as much as I could, followed by my right side, but because I would invariably wake up on my back, I kept a small wedge pillow (Boppy makes one) halfway behind my back - this way, even when I was on my back, I was not flat on my back (I was tilted slightly).  I had no problems with my pregnancy and my son is very healthy.
209987 tn?1451935465
I sleep in whatever position I can...lol
I know they tell you to sleep this way and that but...if you aren't having severe stomach aches or problems breathing, then by all means continue until you can no longer find comfort in that position.
I think most doctors are afraid that the weight of the baby etc is going to cause breathing problems for you.
Maybe put pillows under your back so that the baby isn't squishing your stomach up into your lungs and heart.
The only one that kind of makes sense is when they tell you not to sleep on your stomach...but then again...the baby is surrounded by water for a reason right?

1640871 tn?1321673746
I have been told that sleeping on the left side allows better blood flow around the body... something to do with the Aorta ???
1521759 tn?1298337665
I do sleep most of the time on my left side but some times I wake up on my back
I just want to make sure im not doing anything wrong. With the lost of my previous pregnacy last October 2010 @ 20 weeks Im so worried now
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Your Descending Aorta runs along the back part of your abdomen, carrying blood to the lower part of your body, including most of your abdomen (and your developing baby). As the baby grows and your uterus expands, a back lying postition can compromise blood flow by putting pressure on it. Doctors generally recommend that pregant women sleep on their left side to maintain optimum blood flow.

Christine

1386249 tn?1303092096
Oh yes, my obgyns always told me to sleep on my left side. I even sleep on my left side for stomach related issues now and im not pregnant.
Avatar universal
Its advice not to sleep  flat on your back.
The baby can active some king of nerves in your body and make a damage, i heard it in a tv show...since then i sleep on my sides
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