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Can I sleep on my back while pregnant?

Can I sleep on my back while pregnant?

Yes.: Please, consult your obgyn, first. You can sleep on your back, while u r pregnant, but it is better to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your back leads to decreased blood supply to the placenta b/c of compression of the umbilical cord. This may effect the growth of the baby. The fetus gets good blood supply, if u sleep on your left lateral side. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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When can I safely sleep on my back after having baby?

When can I safely sleep on my back after having baby?

Anytime: Unless specifically told not to by your ob. You can sleep on your back at anytime. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop sleeping on my back now that im pregnant?

I need some tips on how to stop sleeping on my back now that im pregnant?

Pillows: You are right to be concerned. Sleeping flat on your back could potentially damage your developing baby. You should be able to avoid changing positions in your sleep by placing pillows beside or behind you so that you cannot roll flat on your back in your sleep. There are special body pillows available to help with this as well. ...Read more

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How come I can only sleep while I am on my stomach?

How come I can only sleep while I am on my stomach?

Sleep: You found your comfort zone, as long as it does not wake you up at night. ...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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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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I'm 6weeks pregnant can I still sleep on my stomach? If so when do I stop sleeping on my stomach?

I'm 6weeks pregnant can I still sleep on my stomach? If so when do I stop sleeping on my stomach?

It's fine: No problem sleeping in any comfortable position. Your baby is tiny and well protected in your uterus right now. It's not bad until it is uncomfortable for you, usually not well into third trimester. Also depends on how soft/firm your mattress is to help you find that comfort zone. ...Read more

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Can I lay on my back while sleeping I'm seven n a half months pregnant?

Can I lay on my back while sleeping I'm seven n a half months pregnant?

Yes: Women often ask this question.... what happens if I wake up and I'm on back in the latter months of pregnancy.Nothing bad will happen. There can be compression by heavy uterus on the venous return on right side... you might notice some edema or swelling, but no harm. Most women are uncomfortable flat on their backs at this point. Consider using pillows to prop yourself up so at an angle . ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep and or lay on my back at 18 weeks pregnant? Can I also sleep on my right side?

Is it safe to sleep and or lay on my back at 18 weeks pregnant?  Can I also sleep on my right side?

Yes: You don't have to worry about positional sleep habits until later in the pregnancy. Right now the uterus isn't big enough to cause compression. Later in the pregnancy, say, after 28 weeks or so, best to try to lie on your right side. Having said that, many mommies have accidentally fallen asleep on their backs late in pregnancy with no harm to their babies and only some swelling in their legs. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to lie flat on your back when 17 weeks preg? I mostly sleep on my side but I do sleep on my back a lot too.

Is it dangerous to lie flat on your back when 17 weeks preg? I mostly sleep on my side but I do sleep on my back a lot too.

Not dangerous: Ideally, you would not lie directly on your back. This can lead to a drop in your blood pressure that you will notice because you will get light-headed and dizzy. If you do find yourself on your back, re-tilt and do not worry. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my back I have nightmares why?

Dunno: I thought maybe low oxygen levels (as in sleep apnea) induced by sleeping on back, but several experiments say no, also no general association of nightmare and back sleeping. Side sleeping is supposed to be more comforting...or perhaps you just remember more in one position? ...Read more

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Late period and when I fall asleep on my back I wake up with my stomach hard and hurting what can cause this?

Late period and when I fall asleep on my back I wake up with my stomach hard and hurting what can cause this?

Late period: If this continues, see your healthcare provider. Not enough information to be very helpful, but if pregnancy is possible, obtain a serum HCG test and ultrasound if positive. If your "stomach" means lower in your abdomen below your belly button, it may be an infection, or other problem which needs tests and an exam. ...Read more

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How dangerous is sleeping on my back while pregnant?

More uncomfortable : Sleeping on your back during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable later in pregnancy as the uterus and baby can occlude the vena cava (a large blood vessel in front of the spine) and impede blood return to your heart. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and sleeping is difficult. It hurts to sleep on my sides and stomach. I can't lie on my back, how do I get to sleep?

See details: You do not list your meds so it is difficult to reply. Discuss this issue with your rheumatologist or see one if you are not currently doing so. There are several meds (not sleeping pills) that can really help. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant, can I still lie on my back? I try to lie on my side but i wake up on my back, thank you

I'm 18 weeks pregnant, can I still lie on my back? I try to lie on my side but i wake up on my back, thank you

It's OK to lie flat: On ur back occasionally when ur pregnant however doing it frequently may harm the fetus.D heavy weight of ur uterus will compress on the aorta/d big artery in ur abdomen thus impairing the return of blood to d heart ; back to d circulation ; into ur womb and fetus. Learn how to lie on ur side. It's good4romance too.Joke! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/baby/features/sleep-soundly-during-pregnancy?Page=1. ...Read more

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Can i put the laptop on my stomach while pregnant?

Can i put the laptop on my stomach while pregnant?

No: 1st, laptops generate a significant amount of heat on the bottom and that would not be good for the pregnancy. 2d, it is best to avoid any risk of direct exposure to any electrical energy from or to the computer. Best is for her to sit in a chair with the laptop on a table. There are lap desks available in the marketplace and these would definitely be safer than having the laptop on her belly. ...Read more

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