(Closed) Apparently it IS OKAY to sleep on your back until 36 weeks…

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsSmokey:  when I was pregnant my dr told me I could sleep on my back as long as i was comfortable, so that’s what I did.

Post # 4
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would wake up constantly while on my back and would slightly freak out at first. Later on in the pregnancy though I only wanted to sleep on my side. Probably because of all the weight.  Sleeping during pregnancy is very uncomfortable. Just do what feels right for you.

Post # 6
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m more worried about not doing excercises on my back. Right now my back is strong but I feel in 7 months or so probably not so much!

Post # 7
46603 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve always kind of laughed at advice like this. Have you ever watched a film of someone sleeping showing the mutiple position changes in the night. You may start out on your side but you have no idea how many positions you assume during that 8 hr stretch.


I think the body naturally  protects the baby. Generally it’s too uncomfortable to sleep on your back in the last weeks of pregnancy anyhow.


Post # 8
380 posts
Helper bee

I was watching a doctor discuss this issue on a television program, and she said that you will know if you shouldn’t be sleeping on your back because it will be uncomfortable.  So if you’re able to lay on your back comfortably, then your body is OK with it.

Post # 9
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dr said to sleep however I’m comfortable. I switch between both sides and flat on my back, on my back with pillow and blanket tucked behind so I’m more angled than flat, with pillows under knees… So many different ways. I’ve heard a million times over your body will wake you up to move positions if it’s harming the baby. 

Post # 10
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hum, I am not so sure. There seems like there are a lot of studies that point to increase chance of stillbirth for back sleepers. I think its pretty conculsively proven that sleeping on your left hand side suring pregnancy promotes the optimum flow of blood to and from baby. Personally, given I have that information, I chose to sleep on my left hand side this pregnancy. 

I did suffer with hip pain early on and I invested in a memory foam mattress topper which made the world of difference. 

Ultimately we can only do what we think is best, given the information we have to hand.

Post # 11
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My Doctor said to sleep how ever your comfortable but I agree with the @Sea_bass:  and the studies that she has. I know that sleeping on your side promotes blood flow to baby so even though Im only almost 9 weeks that is the habit I am trying to start. 

Post # 13
128 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a L & D nurse and the baby does get the best blood flow while on your left side. We see this on the monitor. You just shouldn’t lay flat on your back as the weight of the baby compresses a major artery and vein that run upper and down your back. What I would suggest is that you wedge a pillow behind your back and then lean back into it.  That way you are not “flat” on your back but you are still comfortable! If you are really uncomfortable…..you can do this on your right side. Just not flat.  Use those pillows girls! Make yourselves comfortable! Move over hubby! You can also put a pillow between your knees! One under your growing belly!  Does this help?

Post # 14
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My doctor and our prenatal class intructor both said as long as you’re comfortable, not having problems breathing or getting numbness, you can sleep however you want. Both also said that your body is not stupid, and would tell you to move positions if you were causing damage to the baby.

The optimal position is on your left side because you’re not puting pressure on your vena cava (the artery that runs down the right side of your body), but it doesn’t mean you can’t be in other positions too. 

I was a side sleeper anyway before pregnancy so it hasn’t changed anything, I’m still comfortable alternating left to right sides throughout the night… the turning over part is getting awkward though haha. I usually just get up to pee everytime I turn over, it’s easier to get back in bed facing the way I want to be instead of trying to flop over in bed while laying down already.

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