(Closed) how to sleep ?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I wanna know too! Congrats, by the way! =) I am a stomach sleeper so I am dreading having to change that!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

My doctor doesn’t place any restrictions on my sleep. However I can get comfortable is fine with him. I’d check with your doctor to see what he/she says. Most of what I’ve read suggests sleeping on your left side, but again, my doctor doesn’t care, so neither do I.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Back when I was pregnant many moons ago my doctor had told me that when I no longer “could” sleep on my stomach that that would be the time to stop.  I think I slept on my stomach until I quite literally rolled off the basketball, lol. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@mrshersch74:  sleeping on your sides is pretty much the only possible thing! I am only 15w but sleeping on my stomach which was my go-to thing prior is now impossible. You feel like you can’t breathe. But sleeping on the back causes me cramping and a stretching in my stomach as if it is going against gravity. So, I sleep on my side because its the only thing that works at this point ๐Ÿ™ I’m so tired by the end of each day that I pretty much don’t have trouble falling asleep, even in odd  positions

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m only 7 weeks but am trying to train myself to sleep on my left side. I’m usually so tired at night that I fall asleep pretty quickly. I’m a stomach sleeper and sometimes change to that position, but it takes me a while to get comfortable because my chest hurts SO much! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am sleeping on my sides at this point.  My doctor’s restrictions are that once you reach 20 weeks you can’t sleep on your back due to clot risks.  I can sleep elevated (almost sitting position), and “angled” with a pillow under my back, but not flat – it stinks…..that’s how I always sleep.  I didn’t know about the left side thing…I will keep that in mind.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Pillows propping up my tummy underneath helped me a lot once I had to start sleeping on my side.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah, technically the weight of your belly can put pressure on some nerve if you sleep on your back (I think it’s after 20 weeks, though–at 6 you should be fine), but honestly, I find it much more comfortable to sleep on my side with a body pillow. 

Usually your body is pretty good about putting less-than-ideal sleeping positions off the table anyway. Hard to sleep on your belly when it’s huge and hard and compressing your bladder; also hard when your boobs hurt to high heaven; hard to sleep on the back when you have lower back pain…

Ah, pregnancy. Joy. 

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Once your reach a certain point in the 2nd trimestser, you shouldn’t sleep on your back. I’m 16 1/2 weeks and keep finding myself waking up while sleeping on my back! Now how am I supposed to stop that? I do try to sleep on my sides as much as I can, but still eventually roll onto my back.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My doctor told me it was okay to sleep any way on wanted (even on my back or stomach) until the 3rd trimester.  Sleeping on your back could cause back pain (weight of the uterus on your spine), but when you don’t have much weight there yet, it’s not too bad.  I am trying to at least sleep partially on my sides each night as good practice ๐Ÿ™‚  If you find yourself on your back, just roll to your left side for a few minutes before you get out of bed, this will help get your circulation going strong again. 

But really, don’t worry until you get a bit further along, and body pillows are definitely a big help! 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Once your uterus gets too big it starts to put pressure on your spine and the aorta and vena cava blood vessels, which can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. That’s why sleeping on your back starting around 20 or so weeks is discouraged. 

The best way to sleep is on your left side, because it allows the greatest flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. 

That said, our midwife told us to sleep however I’m able, because I should get it while I can. She said that eventually sleeping on my stomach would just be physically uncomfortable, and I’d naturally start sleeping in another position. Honestly I couldn’t sleep on my stomach at all because even at the beginning it made me sick.

I’m 25 weeks now, and though I try my best to sleep on my left side I still wake up on my back a lot. I can’t help that, and our midwife said that’s fine, to just turn onto my side and go back to sleep. And as often as I wake up to pee at night, I can’t imagine that I’m actually on my back for too long, lol. 

ETA: I tried to start “training” my body to sleep on my side from early on, but at 6 weeks, it really doesn’t matter how you’re sleeping. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Don’t stress! I worried about this (amoung other things) a lot a few weeks ago and wasn’t getting sleep trying to sleep on my left side….like not sleeping. I said to myself, why not sleep how my body is comfortable because that’s better than getting no sleep! Only in the last week or so can I really not sleep on my belly now (I have been propping myself up with my knee, so like half belly, half side -but I can’t even do that anymore) and sleeping on my side is coming more naturally! Sleeping or rolling onto my back is at times more comfortable, and I think at a later point I will have to force myself onto my side, but for now if that’s how my body is comfortable I am not going to force myself another way. I believe that if it’s really bad for my body, it will let me know and I will shift to another position! Congrats!!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

At 6 weeks you should be fine ๐Ÿ™‚ My doc said the same as PPs– no sleeping directly on your back after 20 weeks or so! Congrats, btw!!

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