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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 19:31 PM   1
wolfQ
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Can't stop sleeping on my back


At my last appointment a week ago (20 weeks) the dr. said I need to stop sleeping on my back. I read it's because it can put pressure on your vein that returns blood to your heart and it can effect the flow of blood and nutrients to your baby. Well I was always a side sleeper, now that I'm not supposed to lay on my back it seems my body doesn't want to sleep on the side anymore. Ugh, my back is hurting me and it seems like my back doesn't hurt as bad laying on it instead of my side, so I keep ending up turning onto my back. I wake up during the night and I'm on my back again. I have a body pillow and I've been putting a pillow behind my back but it doesn't seem to stop me. How concerned should I be about this? I've never felt dizzy or anything after laying on my back. Any tips for keeping myself sleeping on my side?



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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 19:39 PM   2
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I'd love to know this too. I've also always been a side sleeper until the bump started growing. I have noticed I wake up less on my back the last two weeks. The only thing I've done differently is get a gym ball. I spend anywhere from 15 min to an hour lightly bouncing and stretching my back. Even if it isn't affecting the way I sleep it has majorly helped my back ache/pain/strain.



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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 19:40 PM   3
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Putting a body pillow next to you and swinging a leg over it can help anchor you. But honestly at this stage of pregnancy I wake up on my back all the time and did with my first as well. When you get really big during the last weeks, which is really when the baby weighs enough to put real pressure on the vena cava, changing positions is a huge ordeal and you wake up a lot easier and can correct the back sleeping. I really wouldn't worry too much right now.



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 20:14 PM   4
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It's kind of one of those things you can't do much about except for trying pillows. If you wake up on your back just turn to your left side. I'm a back sleeper too and battle this every night!



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 20:25 PM   5
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I was talking about this with my friends from another forum today. A bunch of their doctors told them just to sleep however they are most comfortable. If the baby is uncomfortable your body will tell you, wake you up and you will move. I wouldn't worry too much.



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 20:46 PM   6
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Sleep how you are comfortable, your body well sense you to move if you need too... Trust u body, I slept on my back my whole pregnancy with my daughter, it was the only way I was comfortable.



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 21:30 PM   7
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I have never been told not to sleep on my back, and neither has my mother (who has 8 children).



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 21:31 PM   8
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I just talked to my doc about this the other day and she told me to sleep how i can sleep best n my body will tell me what to do. Im usually a side sleeper too but lately my hips have been hurting and i sometimes wake up on my back- so i do my best to sleep on my sides.... My doc said there will come a time if i lay on my back i could get nausous or uncomfortable and my body wont want to be in that position anymore and to just listen to my body- but till then just get some sleep



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2013, 06:30 AM   9
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Your body will definitely tell you when you shouldn't be on your back anymore. I'm just starting to get the dizzy/nausea again now, just like with my other two; and this in my sleep! I really do wake up b/c of it and immediately am dying to turn onto my side. It sounds crazy but I really do believe in trusting your body
Don't worry too much hon



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2013, 08:22 AM   10
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I'm past 25 weeks and I am still sleeping on my back. Sometimes when i lie on my side my hips get sore. My ob said to listen to my body, when it gets uncomfortable I will switch position.



 
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