My doctor told me it's best to sleep on my left side as much as I can, and to try not to sleep on my back.
Well, the only way I can get comfy is on my right side. After getting up to pee 5-7 times every night, I cherish every second of sleep I can get so I find I have been sleeping on my right side 90% of the time just because I know it's comfy and I'll fall back asleep fast.
When I get sore from laying on that side I will switch to my left, but I always go right back to my right side.
I also sometimes lay on my back. :O I've read that the reason it's not good is because the baby can put pressure on a nerve and cause less blood flow (to me? or the baby?) which would make me dizzy and have a hard time breathing? I am 25 weeks and I have been sleeping on my back here and there (I try not to, but I still do sometimes) and have never had any of those "symptoms".... so does that mean it's okay?
I talked to my sister who had a midwife that told her to "sleep however you're comfortable!" So that's pretty much what I do. Am I hurting the baby at all, though? She still kicks every day when I get up and I have been doing this for months..... so I'm thinking it's fine? If something were ever to happen though, I'd feel sooo guilty since my doctor told me not to do this! :\
I sleep exactly the same way you do. It's sods law that you're told to sleep on your left but right is much more comfy! I just switch about as I think it's more important to get sleep than lying awake on your left side. Plus it's impossible to stay on one side all night. I often wake up & find myself on my back too.
All the books I've read do say avoid consciously sleeping on your back, but if you wake up that way then just move & don't worry as you can't control what you do in your sleep. I get the impression it doesn't harm the baby if you're on your right side but left side is optimum position for getting nutrients & blood flow to baba. I would say just be mindful of it but don't let it take over your night!! X
They say that you can cut the blood supply to the baby if you sleep on your back, and that the left side is best. I get really uncomfy just on my left side though, so I try and balance it by doing some on my right side, and also on my back propped up with some pillows so I'm not flat out.
It's best to sleep in whatever position you get the best quality sleep in, so changing position every time you go to the loo sounds about right.
Its probably best to check with your dr/midwife if you're worried though.
I just sleep whatever way I can get comfy. Tried the whole left side thing but half the time its not comfortable so I sleep on my stomach (at an angle) when I can and the rest of the time just whatever position is most easy for me to dose off in. Most of the time I wake up on my back but Im not worried. xx
My hips get so sore through the night I end up spending some of my time on my right, some on my left and some on my back. My midwife told me i'd want to move off my back from discomfort before it did any damage so to sleep however I could x
I switch back and forth from right to left. Last night I fell asleep on my back though which meant I rolled over at some point. My midwife said try for left side but you may need to move around because of pain and pressure on one side.
Sometimes I put a thick pillow behind my back and then I roll up it a little so that I am sleeping at an angle. / kinda like that. I put a pillow between my knees to help out my hips too.
Im exactly the same as you, 90% on my right side, I get soooo uncomfortable on my left. although the dreamgenii has helped a lot, anything you can hook your leg over helps me, even if DH is there ha ha
here is what i found on babycentre
Sleeping on your side is best while you're pregnant. In particular, sleeping on your left side may benefit your baby by improving blood flow – and therefore nutrients – to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body, which in turn reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands.
It's a good idea to start training yourself early in pregnancy to sleep on your left side whenever you can. Of course, staying in one position all night isn't likely to be comfortable, so turning from side to side while favoring your left side is probably the best strategy.
As for sleeping on your back, avoid that position throughout pregnancy, especially in the later months. Here's why:
When you're sleeping on your back, the weight of your uterus lies on the spine, back muscles, intestines, and major blood vessels. This can lead to muscle aches and pains, hemorrhoids, and impaired circulation, which is uncomfortable for you and can reduce circulation to your baby.
Back sleeping can make blood pressure drop, causing some expectant moms to experience dizziness. On the other hand, in some moms-to-be it can make blood pressure go up.
so I wouldnt worry about sleeping on your right most of the time, i dont believe there is any harm to be done, in fact, neither my Fertility consultant (i did IVF) or my midwife or my consultant have even mentioned it to me so it can't be that important.
I dont think my mum was told to "sleep on her left" and my siblings and I turned out fine.
never knew anything about this till the end of my second pregnancy and my first 2 are fine i just sleep were even i often vomit whilst laid on my left side and OH is laid on my left so if im feeling rough i sleep on my right hand side i allways wake up on my back though i dont think you really have any controll over your sleep position afterall you are asleep lol uless your subconcious can guide to sleep were you need ot be lol
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