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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.

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I'm 38 weeks pregnate can I sleep/ lay on my back?

Family practice : You should be able to sleep on your back if you sleep better that way. It shouldn't cause harm to the baby.

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Im 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

Im 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

Several things: First if the pain is new, talk to your doctor to be sure everything is ok. If it is just pressure from .The baby, try a comfortable body pillow to rest against, posture with one bent knee slightly on your side. Also a pregnancy girdle at this point might help relive some of the lower pressure.

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My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

Wrist splints: Some pregnant women develop numbness and tingling in their fingers akin to that what folks can get from repetitive use. Try sleeping with a carpal tunnel wrist splint and see if symptoms improve.

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

Low level radiation: The redness is likely due to the very low levels of radiation that the cellphone signal emitted that was trapped against your back. It should not affect your pregnancy, but cell phones should be placed on a nightstand at night and not a pillow or gown pocket. If the redness continues past 24 hours notify your treating OB MD.

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

Delayed sleep: You seem to be sleeping enough, but at the wrong time. You need to restrict your sleep, so you can sleep at night. Try not to sleep after 12 noon, use any tool you can to stay awake, then try to sleep closer to midnight. It is very hard to sleep after 2 am. If you snore, you need to be checked for sleep apnea.

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I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

Probably ok: The back is dense with muscles. The heat should of dissipated and would not have hurt your baby. Burning your skin however is my biggest concern for you in this situation. Be careful. Good luck with your labor and delivery.

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant with triplets and go to sleep on my sides but often times wake up on my back and my arms are asleep. Is it affecting the babies?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant with triplets and go to sleep on my sides but often times wake up on my back and my arms are asleep. Is it affecting the babies?

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 well.

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant. Why is it harder for me to breathe? Also, I have lower back aches and my legs & feet keep falling asleep. Is this normal ?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant. Why is it harder for me to breathe? Also, I have lower back aches and my legs & feet keep falling asleep. Is this normal ?

See below: As uterus/womb enlarges, it presses upward on diaphragm & essentially limits lung volume & diaphragm's excursion. Larger uterus shifts center of gravity forward, increasing lumbar lordosis (curve) & strain on lower back muscles. Spinal nerves may be compressed, causing numbness/tingling in lower extremities.

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Is it bad to sleep on a hard floor while pragnant?

Is it bad to sleep on a hard floor while pragnant?

I can think: of no reason why not BUT why would you want to?? Dr Z

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I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

No: Cell phone radiation isn't the kind that causes tumors. All the good studies show no effect, and in the big one, there were more tumors on the opposite side. The united nations has to appease militants, so the world health organization hasn't declared the matter settled. Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes.

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8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

Its ok: Cats are usually the ones that give problems to preg women, espec. Cleaning the litter boxes and transmission of toxoplasmosis. Dogs are probably ok.

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I'm 5 weeks preganant, i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

Other options:: 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs.

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What can I take for a really bad cough i've had for about a week now? I'm seven weeks pregnet it's keeping from sleeping!

OTC medication: Any of the over the counter cough drops will be ok. If you have a sinus infection with drainage, you can try non-prescription decongestants, mucolytics, and cough suppressants as needed for your symptoms. There are very effective prescription cough suppressants that are safe during pregnancy - you doctor can prescribe as appropriate.

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Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Please consult ASAP: With your cardiologist, he will need to follow you throughout the pregnancy and can give you his opinion, the cardiologist will need to work closely with your OB and a perinatologist and you may be better served delivering at a university medical center, for example, if you were in my area would refer u to the univ of miaim.

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Can't find a comfortable position to sleep during my pregnancy, any ways i can be comfortable and stay asleep, or is this truly a never ending battle?

Can't find a comfortable position to sleep during my pregnancy, any ways i can be comfortable and stay asleep, or is this truly a never ending battle?

Hard to sleep : It can be hard to get comfortable during sleep, or anything else for that matter. Sleeping on your left side is best because baby gets the most blood flow. Avoid back and obviously your stomach. Try a warm bath, warm fruit tea, or a massage before bed to help you sleep. Hope all goes well with you and baby.

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Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! it is very scary. What could this be. Im 31w pregnant?

Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! it is very scary. What could this be. Im 31w pregnant?

Half Asleep Startle: When we are half asleep, we are more likely to startle. Drs call it a "hypnogogic state." that may happen more easily if we have some discomfort that awakes us. In pregnancy you are likely to have such discomfort. Tell your OB dr in case there are important details not mentioned in this short communication.

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I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

Stick with 25 mg: The dosage in pregnancy is 25 mg. This medication is used for both insomnia and nausea in pregnancy. The dosage is considered 20-25 mg. I would not do 50 mg unless recommended by your doctor

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