Sleeping on your back really isnt that bad for you. Your body is smart enough to give you warning signs to turn if your awake such as nausea or some light headedness and to turn itself if your asleep. I asked my doctor about it in my last pregnancy and she said the reason they ask you to try and sleep on your left side and not your back is because the weight of your uterus and baby can push down on some of the veins and arteries that provide major blood flow. She then followed it by saying that if I was most comfortable on my back then it was fine because my body would let me or itself know if I needed to turn. I slept on my back all the way to the day I delivered. It never causes any problems.
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).
I asked MW about this too and as someone else said, she advised that there's an artery running down your centre and if you sleep on your back, baby can press on this resulting in lowering your blood pressure, which can be bad for the baby. I've found it difficult to try to sleep on my side. Finding that a pillow between my knees help me stay in that position
yeah.. I have teh same questions.
Sleeping in my back is my fav position to sleep, I cant seem to find confot when I sleep on the sides, I get a lot of leg cramps and charlie horses because when I sleep on my side I tend to flex my legs.. it suck!
I wish I could sleep on my back! I've been getting tightenings since 16 weeks and if I lie on my back my belly turns into a hard ball! I'm forced to lie on my sides but what to do...whatever baby wants baby gets!
If it's not bothering you then continue sleeping in your back and ask your doctor on your next appointment whether it really does harm you or the baby.
Someone posted about this last week; basically we should not lie on our back on hard surfaces, but soft ones like couches and beds are fine. If you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, etc, then that means the artery is being smushed. Her midwife also said that these symptoms rarely happen, but just to be on the lookout for them in case..
This is what my OB recently told me when I asked her...
That once your uterus get's large enough, if you were laying on your back on a harder surface... at some point, the pressure could cut down the blood moving from your feet to your heart. And if this continues, then it could reduce the blood supply to your placenta... and baby. However, it's a low risk... and your body should advise you if there is something wrong. You would either feel light headed, nauseous or both. Some woman are sensitive enough to this pressure that they feel it just laying down for a scan or exam. But, if you feel OK, then your fine hun.
I told my OB that I sometimes wake up on my back, and she said long as I feel OK- then all is good. But if I feel icky at all, I should move to my side... but even at my stage in pregnancy, there shouldn't be enough pressure from the uterus yet to cause any concern.
Just listen to your body... if your still worried, then maybe prop yourself up a bit with pillows while you sleep?
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