Post # 1
So my husband and I went to our first antenatal class this week and the lady said it is okay to sleep on your back until about 36 weeks. Her reasons, the Professor of a University where i live has done a big study on this and found that being on your back while pregnant only interferes with blood flow when you are 36 weeks+ or while exercising on your back.
I found this quite interesting! I’m in no way telling people to not worry, as I am still a little hesitant, but struggle to sleep on my side all night due to hip and lower back problems that I have suffered from for years.
Just thought I owuld share 🙂
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
I have been told and read in my pregnancy books that from around 16 weeks I should try to sleep only on my left side…well that was never going to happen all night every night haha
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 12
@Sea_bass: I suffer an extremely painful hip condition. So I really struggle sleeping on my side, I’ve always switched betweesuborn sides & my back. I can’t stay in one position for long.
@MrsStrawberry24: I started trying to sleep only on mug sides at 8 weeks. It can’t hurt 🙂 good to practice I say.
Post # 13
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
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.