Post # 1
So, I’m into week 18, and all the websites say I’m supposed to stop sleeping on my back. I try to follow this advice by falling asleep on my side, but I almost always wake up sleeping on my back. Is this bad for the baby, or for me? Do I need to do something to prevent falling back onto my back? Part of me thinks that if my body seems to be comfortable on its back, then it’s probably ok. Does anyone know? Thanks!
Post # 3
Well I don’t know the exact medical criteria for this. But I do remember when I was pregnant and worrying about the same thing, and trying my darndest to always sleep on my side. Everytime I woke up I would just turn to my side again. As you get bigger, and you fall asleep on your side, it will actually in fact be harder fior your body to subconciously turn itself because the weight of the belly, and movement is actually quite a bit of work. Also as you get bigger, you will probably start to get very uncomfortable, and start propping your body, belly and legs up with pillows, in my case I used a snoogle. (it was a big long pillow designed for pregnant ladies). and that will keep you locked in as well. As far as it being dangerous, I think thats a little extreme. You would be surprised what other women go through in different countries, and what is normal to them. However, I know the feeling of fear, and so when you wake up on your back, turn yourself over. At your next dr. appointment, bring it up to the doc. I hope I was of some assistance.
Post # 4
My doctor said that when you lie on your back it can compress a large vein and reduce blood supply to the baby. But that same vein also goes to your legs, so if the baby is in distress, your legs will also be tingling and you will wake up anyway. Basically, I try not to sleep on my back but if I wake up that way I just roll over. No biggie. Your body will alert you if there is a problem.
Post # 5
My OB said I didn’t need to start thinking about that till 20 weeks, so (at 16 weeks now) I haven’t worried about switching yet. But, like Cash000 suggested, I bought a Snoogle for later on, and if you sleep with that or something like it, it really does kind of lock you in and prevent you from turning over, so that might be helpful.
Post # 6
This is what my doctor told me:
Lying on your side is better for you and the baby now. When you are lying on your back, the weight of your uterus and your baby rests on the vena cava, the largest vein in your abdomen. When there is pressure on that vein, your blood pressure can go down and you may feel dizzy or light-headed.
I’m usually a stomach or side sleeper, but lately I’ve been finding myself on my back when I wake up. I figure, there’s only so much we can control when we sleep, ya know?
Post # 7
From what I’ve been told, you’ll wake up from pain or tingling if you are compressing that vein before it becomes a huge issue so if you do wake up on your back, just roll to your side. Lately I haven’t been comfortable on my side so I prop up my head with extra pillows like a wedge and have been just fine kind of reclining to sleep.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, confirms what I thought. Weddingbee is so great. Even long after the wedding. 🙂
Post # 9
I slept on my back all the way until my 8th month. I tried to fall asleep on my side, but I woke up on my back EVERY night. Sometimes I’d wake up with horrible leg cramps, but never with tingly legs. I think this is one of those “it CAN happen, but is not necessarily CERTAIN to happen” things.
Post # 10
my biggest issue was that I am a stomach sleeper and would find myself sleeping slightly sideways but more on my stomach. sleeping on your back will being to be uncomfortable after a while and then you will only feel like you should be sleeping on your side…
Post # 11
I’m 30 weeks and I sleep however I can get it. Sometimes, it hurts to lie on my side and so I sleep on my back. I like this article about sleep positions http://www.pregnantchicken.com/sleeping-positions/ it’s not a medical site but honestly, when you go for ultrasounds, you lie on your back. If it was an issue they wouldn’t let you do it.
Post # 12
For the first 6 months I slept on my stomach, back and right side. Then it was usually just right side and if I woke up on my back I rolled over, but this was rare. I couldn’t lay on my left side, still can’t for long periods of time. I remember in the delivery room they had me lay on my left side and her heart rate dipped way low and they freaked out and told me to roll back over immediately then she was fine. :/ That was the only issue I ever had with positions though.