What Is The Best Position for Sleep During Pregnancy?

What Is The Best Position for Sleep During Pregnancy?

After your fifth month, sleeping on your back is definitely no longer safe for you and your baby.

There's one thing you can almost certainly expect when you’re expecting. Understanding that getting to sleep—and staying that way—is no easy feat! Women are accustomed to sleeping in whatever position feels most comfortable and familiar to them. But that tends to change in pregnancy. An ever-expanding midsection can make it very difficult to settle on a comfortable sleeping posture. This makes your slumber even more challenging. Some sleeping positions may not be safe for pregnant women after the 5th month of pregnancy. So what is the best sleeping position during pregnancy? Find out below.

These are not the best sleeping positions during pregnancy.

sleeping position during pregnancy

After your fifth month, your back is definitely not best. Sleeping on your back puts extra pressure on your aorta and inferior vena cava. These are the blood vessels that run behind your uterus and carry blood back to your heart from your legs and feet. Pressure on these vessels can slow blood circulation to your body -- and your baby.

You might find it harder to breathe while lying on your back. And because your belly pushes down on your intestines when you lie on your back, this position can also lead to tummy troubles.

How about sleeping on your stomach? That's not a great idea, either. When you lie face down, your abdomen presses on your expanding uterus -- not to mention your ballooning breasts.

The best sleeping position during pregnancy: left is best

sleeping position during pregnancy

Right now, side sleeping is safest for your baby. Plus, it's more comfortable for you as your abdomen grows. Is one side of the body better than the other for sleeping? Experts recommend lying on your left side. It improves circulation, giving nutrient-packed blood an easier route from your heart to the placenta to nourish your baby. Lying on the left side also keeps your expanding body weight from pushing down too hard on your liver. While either side is okay, left is best.

Positioning Tips

sleeping positions during pregnancy

Here are a few other positioning tips to help you get more comfortable and protect your baby while you sleep during pregnancy:

  • For more belly and back support: Prop a pillow under your tummy and between your knees. Buy a special extra-long pregnancy pillow, or just use one you have in the closet at home. Positioning a pillow under your body can help keep you on your side, preventing you from rolling to your stomach or back.
  • For shortness of breath: Put a pillow under your side to raise your chest.
  • For heartburn: Prop up the head of the bed a few inches with books or blocks. This helps keep acids down in your stomach, rather than burning their way up your esophagus.

Don't panic if you roll from side to front or back while you sleep. You're better off letting your body move where it's most comfortable than trying to wake yourself up every few minutes to stay on your side. You need as much sleep as you can get right now. You'll appreciate the extra rest once your baby starts waking you up for those midnight nursing sessions.

Resource: Web MD

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