(Closed) Sleeping positions during pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2443 posts
Buzzing bee

Early on I slept however I felt comfortable. Later in pregnancy, they say sleeping on the left side is best. I noticed JUST sleeping on my left side killed my hips, so I flipped between my left and right all night long in the final month or two of pregnancy.

Post # 3
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

sfp :  if I am picturing the way you are describing your normal position is correct, the way you sleep will allow you to sleep on your stomach for longer than if you just slept flat on your stomach. It takes some of the pressure off. As for sleeping on your back, you can just do it until your body tells you not to. Also, if sleeping on your back does concern you, propping yourself up eliminates any risk.

Really though, sleeping while you are pregnant isn’t easy. Don’t make it harder on yourself. Your body will tell you if a certain position isn’t right for you and your baby.

Post # 4
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I asked about sleeping positions at my six week appointment, and the nurse practitioner told me that I would know when to stop sleeping on my stomach because it would start to be uncomfortable. So I’m assuming it’s okay for now because it’s still comfortable (I’m only eight weeks, no bump yet). 


Post # 5
4854 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’re supposed to avoid sleeping supine in later pregnancy … Something about compressing the blood returning from the lower body to the heart? 

Post # 6
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I slept in whatever position was comfortable for me. On my back didn’t become uncomfortable until 30 weeks. You don’t have anything to worry about that early in pregnancy, however you want to sleep is fine.

Post # 7
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My OB basically told me not to overthink things… if it’s uncomfortable, don’t do it.  If it’s comfortable then you’re fine.  Your body will let you know when something isn’t right.  Just do your best to relax and get as much sleep as you can, whatever way possible 🙂

Post # 8
9823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

sfp :  you can sleep however you want that early in pregnancy- definitely through the first trimester.  Your uterus doesn’t even rise up out of your pelvis until 12 weeks, it’s tucked in there before.  Afterwards, your body will let you know when to stop sleeping on your back or stomach, it becomes uncomfortable.  2nd half of pregnancy I just end up flipping from side to side.  Your hips will start aching so you sleep on one side until your hips hurt and then switch, and repeat.  I was have never been a stomach sleeper (usually right side) but yeah, I’ll miss being able to lay on my back comfortably.

I’ve heard the left side thing but I don’t think it matters for sleeping.  When I was in labor with my first the “best” position for her optimal heartrate (for baby) was laying on my right side.  So I basically had to lay on that right side for 7 hours while periodically getting oxygen.

Post # 9
422 posts
Helper bee

Everything I’ve read says left side is best, however, I don’t think it’s humanly possible to sleep only on one side for the duration of an entire night. I hug a body pillow and rotate between my right nad left sides. I occasionally wake up on my back but don’t freak out over that too much. I’m 24 weeks.

Post # 10
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have been told by my OB that any comfortable position is fine. I am 30 weeks and sleep on my back, left and right side. When a position gets uncomfortable I switch. As PP have mentioned, your body will tell you if it isn’t ok. 

Post # 11
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I agree with other posters that you should sleep in whatever position is comfortable. I found out that if I lay in an uncomfortable position I will usually wake up and have to adjust positions.

Post # 12
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

They say later in pregnancy you should not sleep on your back, it pushes on your organs and slows blood flow to your baby. They will tell you early on you can sleep on your stomach and you will know when you know longer can. You then at the end only can sleep on your sides. Left side preferred for optimal blood flow and if you have indigestion or heartburn it helps to sleep on the left. As many others have said, being able to sleep on one side only is dang near impossible so you’ll probably find yourself flipping from side to side. Try to sleep with a pillow in between your knees, it will help with pelvic pain and back pain.

Post # 13
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d recommend avoiding sleeping on your back by the time you get to the 2nd trimester or 20 weeks somewhere in there.  I had a blood clot in my leg when I was pregnant- and I have no underlying conditions or anything to cause the blood clot other than being pregnant.  My husband and I suspect it is the result of being pregnant and sleeping on my back (I would roll to my back during my sleep).  Similar to PP’s statement – not only does everything push on your organs and potentially slow blood flow to the baby, it also can slow blood flow to your lower extremities – causing a blood clot.  I’d trying training yourself to sleep on your side earlier in pregnancy, since it can take a while!

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