(Closed) How long is it safe to sleep on your tummy?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am not pregnant, so I am not much help here but i am curious! I tend to sleep on my tummy so when the time comes i feel like this will be hard to stop!

Post # 4
855 posts
Busy bee

Until you can’t. You will know when you should stop because you won’t be able too. I’m a stomach sleeper and both times I’ve been pregnant ive been told to do it for as long as I can/want to. At this point I can’t because its not possible.

For a while I was using my body pillow to sort of prop myself up on my stomach but at almost 23 weeks now it won’t work.




Post # 6
855 posts
Busy bee

@Reign14:  it shouldn’t be. At 6 weeks the uterus isn’t even outside of your pelvis yet so maybe you just have discomfort from bloating? 

ETA: your boobs may be sore and you may have some stretching going on which may make it uncomfortable but it’s not from laying on the baby. 

Post # 8
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can sleep on your tummy until your body says no go!  After that, just throw a pillow under one of your sides/hips.  Then you can be like 75% on your stomach and 25% on your side.

Post # 9
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

as pp said, if your stomach hurts at 6 weeks it’s your bloat 😉 im 20 weeks and I’m still laying almost fully face down. I tend to lay with my leg out now so I’m partly tilted. It gets harder every week, sometimes it’s totally uncomfortable, sometimes I get kicked, sometimes it doesn’t bother either of us. Eventually you will just be at a point where you can’t or aren’t comfy anymore 🙂

Post # 10
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m 30ws and still do the body pillow to prop me but still laying on my stomach kinda thing. There’s no pressure on it and its the only way I can sleep. Seriously if I end up on my back at night ill have a nightmare that wakes me up to make me move. so weird.plus sometimes baby kicks really hard now and having a bit of support makes it feel better and not keep me up. 

Post # 11
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

You can keep doing pretty much whatever as long as it’s comfortable. I was surprised by how fast my natural tendency to stomach-sleep stopped. I still wake up on my back all the time, though (26 weeks now). 

Post # 12
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

I was wondering this too but I am not pregnant yet!

Post # 13
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m 22 weeks and I also do the leg out thing to prop myself up.  Fully on my stomach doesn’t work anymore.    I also find I can’t stay on my back for too long now.  Something just starts to feel funny.

Post # 14
561 posts
Busy bee

I am 21w on monday and still sleeping on my stomach. I hate sleeping on my side and have been advised not to sleep on my back anymore. I have created my “pillow fortress” around me because sometimes I can feel the baby squirming when I am on my stomach and I feel bad. Usually when I wake up I have made it flat-stomached. I plan on continuing this until my stomach wont let me roll over anymore.

Post # 15
412 posts
Helper bee

I actually usually slept on my sides or back before pregnancy. But sometimes I sleep ‘half side/half stomach’. Sort of twisted. So my arms and stomach are on the side but legs are as if I was stomach sleeping. You could try out something liket that. I’m at 20 weeks and wouldn’t want to sleep on my stomach. It’s not a huge bump, but it’s enough of one I would feel weird.  As much as you read ‘sleep on your left side’ and i usually did – I can’t believe sleeping the same way all the time is really that necessary or great on your joints. 

@JustMe12182:  Is there a specific reason to not sleep on your back and instead sleep on your stomach? Seems like the whole ‘baby might cut off artery’ issue would be just as bad on your stomach. 

Post # 16
3697 posts
Sugar bee

You can continue to sleep on your stomach as long as it’s comfortable for you – it will depend on how you carry. I slept on or partially on my stomach up until almost the end. The baby is surrounded by fluid and is physically *impossible* to compress, you won’t crush it or anything – it’s mostly a matter of how well it suits your shape at any given point.

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