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Habit of having my hand/arm on my bump while i sleep on my left side at 33wks pregnant. Can I hurt bub? My mum tells me it can be too heavy for baby?

Habit of having my hand/arm on my bump while i sleep on my left side at 33wks pregnant. Can I hurt bub? My mum tells me it can be too heavy for baby?

No: Not now or later until delivery. with ultrasound you see hardly any movement placing an arm over the abdomenA while problem. If you push down with the transducer you can see some movement but no fetal compression.stop worrying and be comfy ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What side should I sleep on?Im comfortable on my right side. And when I lay on my left it feels like im on the baby and it hurts my side.27 weeks

What side should I sleep on?Im comfortable on my right side. And when I lay on my left it feels like im on the baby and it hurts my side.27 weeks

Right side: Two reasons: first you feel more comfortable, second, rt side lay down improves the gastric content emptyness, ttherefore decreases / improves the gastroessophageal reflux during sleep hours. A condition that is frecuent in pregnant woman. ...Read more

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What can I do to sleep on my back or side when I have lower back problems and anxiety. I have been sleeping on my belly on my bed because my lower back hurts so bad.?

What can I do to sleep on my back or side when I have lower back problems and anxiety.  I have been sleeping on my belly on my bed because my lower back hurts so bad.?

Change positions: Try sleeping on your back with your knees bent and a roll under your knees and between your knees. If you roll onto your side be certain to keep that roll between your knee s and your knees still bent. If you have no contra indications you could try an Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen prior to bed and again when you awaken. Are you stretching and watching how you lift. Not pushing or pulling or twisting? See dr. ...Read more

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Would i hurt my baby if i sleep on my back?

Would i hurt my baby if i sleep on my back?

You can sleep on : Your back. Sleeping on your left side would be ideal as your pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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Why does my neck hurt when I sleep on my back?

Why does my neck hurt when I sleep on my back?

Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...Read more

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I have twins.Is it ok i sleep on my back?When i sleep on my left or right side they are moving a lot but when i sleep on my back they stop moving.

I have twins.Is it ok i sleep on my back?When i sleep on my left or right side they are moving a lot  but when i sleep on my back they stop moving.

Depends: If large uterus (20+ weeks, but might be earlier), back sleep can reduce blood flow/return. If don't like true side sleeping, can use a body pillow or wedge under right side (left side down) to keep about 30-45 degree angle with some benefit. Talk to your ob, look online for carrying-twins websites / blogs, as not a new problem ; different options exist. ...Read more

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Why when i lay on my right side at 7.5 months does my baby kick more vs when i lay on my left side?

Why when i lay on my right side at 7.5 months does my baby kick more vs when i lay on my left side?

Baby uncomfotable?: This is just a guess, but it sounds like your baby is less comfortable when you lay on your right side, just as you might be less comfortable in certain positions. It is even possible that laying on your right side puts pressure on the umbilical cord reducing oxygen to your baby. This may well be your baby's effort to communicate with you, saying "hey, i don't like this, please move!". ...Read more

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I can feel my heart bulging when i put my finger on ribs while lying on left side. Ive been stressed lately. What is this? Pls help me.

I can feel my heart bulging when i put my finger on ribs while lying on left side. Ive been stressed lately. What is this? Pls help me.

PMI: This is called the "point of maximum impulse" and is a normal finding. It is, in fact, best felt when lying left side down. It is usually in the mid-clavicular line, at the 5th intercostal space. ...Read more

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I slept with the fan on now my my throat hurts and my ear hurt , what can I take?

I slept with the  fan on now my my throat hurts and my ear hurt , what can I take?

Post nasal drip: An antihistamine and or decongestant over the counter will be very effective in this case. This is fr post nasal drip and allergies most likely. If you like the white noise from the fan simply turn the fan away from you and not directly on you while you are sleeping. A nasal steroid works nicely as well but needs a prescription (doctor to do). Good luck! ...Read more

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I can feel my heart bulging when i put my finger on ribs while lying on left side. Ive been stressed lately. What is this? Please help.

I can feel my heart bulging when i put my finger on ribs while lying on left side. Ive been stressed lately. What is this? Please help.

Heart: You are very young and if you are skinny you may be able to feel your heart or pal pâté a portion of it . There is nothing to worry about , but however you are having any heart sym, Chest pain , pressure , dizziness etc , then you must see your doctor immediately.from your history looks like you have CAD and you are on statins and if what you are feeling is new , please see your doctor. ...Read more

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When i sleep on my left side i find i get really bad gas on my right side. When i turn, i can pass it. Why?

When i sleep on my left side i find i get really bad gas on my right side. When i turn, i can pass it. Why?

Easy answer!: Think of a glass of soda--fizz rises to the top, right? This happens with air in your gut. As you see from colon anatomy, there is a left (descending) & right (ascending) part of the colon. Turning onto your left side allows right colon to fill with air (the "bad gas" you're experiencing); turning onto your right side moves gas to left colon which permits easy passage of it thru the rectum nearby. ...Read more

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Why do my hips hurt when i sleep on my side?

Why do my hips hurt when i sleep on my side?

Sleep: You may want to check your bone density, type of mattress etc to r/o the cause. ...Read more

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Why do my back hurt when I sleep on my side?

Why do my back hurt when I sleep on my side?

Postural : Depending on your back anatomy some people will find certain positions may bother them. You might try sleeping on your back or if lying on your side bend your hips and knees with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more

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28 weeks pregnant, i can't sleep on my left side for long time as it pains me a lot. Sometime i sleep on my right side. Am i harming my baby? Pls help

28 weeks pregnant, i can't sleep on my left side for long time as it pains me a lot. Sometime i sleep on my right side. Am i harming my baby? Pls help

No harm: Sleep on either side and dont worry. You dont even have to be on the side. Place a pillow under your bottom to get a tilt. Scientifically left is the answer, but either side is fine. ...Read more

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Somehow i hurt my back i don't know how but i got a small bruise on my back and i can't sleep my side or tummy only my back i can sleep on? bye

Somehow i hurt my back i don't know how but i got a small bruise on my back and i can't sleep my side or tummy only my back i can sleep on? bye

Back pain: Apply ice at night before bed to relieve the pain. Anti-inflammatory medications can help too. Once the bruising resolves, message therapy and chiropractic care may help relieve the pain. If you have persistent pain and continue to have limited range of sleep positions then see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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How come i can hear my heartbeat in my ear when i put my head on my pillow? Anxiety?

How come i can hear my heartbeat in my ear when i put my head on my pillow? Anxiety?

No, physiology: Our hearing works by 2 mechanisms: air conduction (transmitted from external sounds) and bone conduction (transmitted from internal sounds). Normal anatomy: your carotid artery traverses the bone that makes up your inner ear. When you occlude your external auditory canal by lying down, you "turn off" air conduction allowing you to hear the always present but much softer bone conduction. ...Read more