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is it safe to sleep on my back at 17 weeks pregnant

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: This early in the pregnancy sleeping on your back is not an issue. This idea comes from patients in labor. When people are in labor and the fetal hea ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
No: Try to sleep on your left side, it will keep pressure off your aorta and provide better blood supply to the babies. All the best and I hope all goes w ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: As the uterus moves up with the growing baby, and not press on your urinary bladder as it used to in early pregnancy. You may experience urgency again ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Exam and testing: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal o ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not after 16 weeks.: You should not be flat on your back for prolonged periods. After about 16 weeks the uterus is large enough to impede blood flow in the inferior vena ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The whole thing about sleeping on your left side is overblown. It really only matters if you have certain medical problems like severe lupus, diabete ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Phillips
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: It is best not to sleep on your back. Tilted to one side or the other is best, usually propped with a pillow or beach towel folded lengthwise a couple ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not necessarily: But it may be more comfortable for you and facilitate blood flow toward fetus if you lie on your side as pregnancy progresses.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
You should be fine: until that belly pushes up and stifles your diaphragm. Most women then automatically switch to side sleeping with a big body pillow in between the le ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Wilson
12 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: At that gestational age, the uterus is below the brim of the pelvis, and is protected. When you start showing is a good sign that you should stop sle ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Sleep: You can sleep on your bak as long as you are comfortable
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
No problem: Any position you are comfortable in is safe for your baby!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: You will not hurt the baby. Frankly it is just very uncomfortable for most pregnant women to sleep on their belly after about 6 months.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ok for now: It's ok for now. But as the uterus grows, you will not be able to. You should probably start getting in the habit of sleeping on your side. Prop a pil ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Safe: your uterus is only just beginning to rise out of your pelvis at 12 weeks and so it would be completely safe for you to sleep this way without doing a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Yes: At 7 weeks gestation the size of the uterus is not that large so yes you can lay down on your abdomen without any untoward effects.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Yes itis safe: Yes it is safe.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends.: Talk to your obstetrician, your husband and consider for yourself what the best option is for mode of delivery. The occiput posterior cephalic present ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: In utero babies tend to move and kick when healthy and can do that more frequently when stimulated by noise or other things.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Not likely.: You should avoid laying flat on your back in the last two months of pregnancy because it can decrease the venous return to your heart, causing low blo ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
As long as u are: Propped up on pillows can sleep on your back, u do not want to sleep flat on your back because as you progress the weight of the uterus can compress ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Puts pressure: Sleeping on your back drops the weight of your baby right on your aorta, which can lead to decreased blood flow to the lower part of your body, includ ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Han
16 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Hard to hurt baby: During the first trimester, it's not dangerous. As you enter 2nd and 3rd trimesters, you won't want to sleep on your stomach given it's size. Many wom ... Read More
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