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Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

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 times. The "lazy-boy" position is also ok when it is hard to get comfortable in bed. These positions help with better blood flow to the uterus and also with swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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Is it safe to sleep on my back in pregnancy?

Is it safe to sleep on my back in pregnancy?

Sleep apnea: If you are a snorer and have gained a lot of weight with your pregnancy you may develop sleep apnea which may increase the risk of complications for you and your baby. Watch for that and inquire about it. Supine sleep may make any reflux symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my back at 17 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to sleep on my back at 17 weeks pregnant?

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 heart rate goes down wwe can move you to your side to increase blood flow to the placenta and baby. At 17 weeks it is not an issue. ...Read more

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28 weeks pregnant and I like and am comfortable to sleep on my back. Is it ok? I've read that pregnant ladies should not sleep on back.

28 weeks pregnant and I like and am comfortable to sleep on my back. Is it ok? I've read that pregnant ladies should not sleep on back.

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 legs. But until then you are welcome to do whatever is comfortable for you. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...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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Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?

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 women find it helpful to have multiple pillows positioned strategically around their body, or a pregnancy pillow, to help get comfortable. ...Read more

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I woke up sleeping on my back ! Can sleeping on your back while pregnant hurt the baby ? Will it cause a still birth in 3rd trimester? Is my baby okay

I woke up sleeping on my back ! Can sleeping on your back while pregnant hurt the baby ? Will it cause a still birth in 3rd trimester? Is my baby okay

Baby should be fine: Normal pregnant women, or any woman, may sleep in whichever position she finds comfortable. Getting a good night's sleep is important, regardless of whether one is pregnant or not. All over the internet, people post "advice" (but without "proof") about pregnancy sleep positions, but one can read about some actual research results at: http://www.jogc.com/abstracts/full/200710_Commentary_1.pdf ...Read more

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28wks preg.I am always comfrtble to sleep on my right side. Is this healthy for my baby? May this position cause reduced blood flow to my baby?

28wks preg.I am always comfrtble to sleep on my right side. Is this healthy for my baby? May this position cause reduced blood flow to my baby?

Only in theory: While in theory lying on the left side improves blood return to your heart and perhaps to the baby, the practical effect of this is minimal to non-existent in normal situations. Your doctor should advise you if circumstances might make this important, but meanwhile it is more important that you be comfortable and get your rest. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my belly while pregnant?

Is it safe to sleep on my belly while pregnant?

Sure: Sure, as long as you are comfortable. There will come a time when this will not work for you , so enjoy it now. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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