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is it safe to sleep on my stomach while i'm pregnant?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Nature has provided wonderful protection for the developing baby -- the amniotic sac (bag of waters) acts as a natural shock absorber, so sleeping on your stomach is perfectly safe. By the time you've reached the third trimester, you won't want to, because you can't!
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Generally women find sleeping on their stomach to be uncomfortable when they are in the third trimester. Women who have high blood pressure or lupus or certain serious medical problems, where getting enough blood to the baby is an issue, are told to sleep on their side because this naturally supplies more blood to the baby.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: If your are comfortable doing that. It may become impractical later in pregnancy.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Sleeping position: At early of first trimester-when you are not yet showing- you can sleep on your stomach without any problem. Once you start showingor at later stage of pregnancy- i dont think you would feel comfortable to sleep on your stomach.

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