are you meant to sleep on your back?

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  1. Lexi mummy

    Lexi mummy Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    i am confused when are you meant to not sleep on your back anymore? i remember from my last pregnancy that the bigger i got the more uncomfortable lying on back would of been from weight of baby. however i like lying on my back and sleeping that way and i always feel baby kicks when i do (anterior placenta)

    what have you been told? i dont want to harm baby xx
     
  2. Emx

    Emx Mum/Cautiously pregnant

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    Its true that the weight of baby and everyting else in later pregnancy can put some pressure on the nerves and main arteries in your back and that this can cause you to feel dizzy - although if this happens (even in sleep) your body will adjust itself accordingly... It is a bit of a myth that it can harm baby... if you prefer to slepp on your back, you can prop your lower back with a cushion to relieve some of the pressure.. x
     
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    jaccib Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but I am not sure and was wondering the same thing myself.xx
     
  4. Miss_Bump

    Miss_Bump Well-Known Member

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    I always seem to wake up on my back! i find it comfy tho. I will ly on my back on the sofa and watch a film as being on my side takes ages for me to get settled as i cant get comfy :(

    should be ok hun, just listen to what your body tells you
    xx
     
  5. jaybee

    jaybee Mum to Tobias & Alexander

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    This is what I have read too.... apparently the theory about not sleeping on your back is from the 60's and very outdated. Your body will tell you if its uncomfortable and theres no reason it should hurt baby.
     
  6. Lexi mummy

    Lexi mummy Well-Known Member

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    your post made me chuckle. when i was pregnant with my daughter i kept trying to sleep on my side and every night i would wake up on my back :haha: i was like "how the hell did that happen again" it was like the more i thought about not doing it the more it happened :haha:

    ive been laying on my right side quite a bit to watch tv and now it feels a bit bruised below the rib xx
     
  7. alibaba24

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    i sleep on my back i start off on the left side and end up doing a full circle by morning :rofl:

    xx
     
  8. Amz123

    Amz123 Well-Known Member

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    I can only get to sleep on my back, baby kicks me to bits if i lie on either side :wacko: x
     
  9. ~NEL~

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    I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for this thread.x
     
  10. kristen77

    kristen77 Well-Known Member

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    yeah, really good thread - i have been wondering about this too - never go to sleep on my back but seem to always wake up on it! not bothered about it making me dizzy as long as it's not harming our beany! x
     
  11. SugarKisses

    SugarKisses Luv my 3 miracle's

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    JessiHD Mummy to Joshua :)

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    I'm sure very heavy people can sleep on their backs, can't they? I am going to ask my MW on Weds cos sleeping on my side is not working!
     
  13. Lara310809

    Lara310809 Mum of 3 girls

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    I heard that once the baby gets too heavy (around 4 months), it can squash an artery that takes blood or oxygen to the baby, meaning if you lie on your back, the baby is deprived. I am most comfortable on my back, and am hardly able to sleep on my sides :(
     
  14. JessiHD

    JessiHD Mummy to Joshua :)

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    Verdict from the MW, its ok as long as you don't lie flat?! She said it won't hurt the baby anyway but might make you faint. She also said it was total rubbish that lying on one side is better than the other.
     
  15. Lexi mummy

    Lexi mummy Well-Known Member

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    thanks for checking this out. so if you are proped up slightly but on your back that is ok? i have quite thick pillows and use 3 at a time. laying on my back is the only time i feel baby move too x
     

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