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Is It Safe To Sleep On Back While Pregnant
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puts pressure: Sleeping on your back drops the weight of your baby right on your aorta, which can lead to decreased blood flow to the lower part of your body, including the uterus. Best is for you to tip even so slightly to the left side, which shifts the weight of the baby off that main blood supply. You can also actually sleep on your side, placing a pillow between your legs to reduce stress on your back. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've heard you shouldnt sleep on your stomach during pregnancy, is this true? Also, is it ok to lay on your stomach for a back massage while pregnant?
Is it safe to sleep on your back in first trimester of pregnancy? When is it not safe, during pregnancy, to sleep on your back? Thank you!
You will feel it: As the baby grows and enlarges the uterus, this can press on the vena cava (large vein returning blood from your legs to you heart), thus reduces this flow. Laying on your back causes this problem and you will feel it--uncomfortable, and better when you are on either side. So, if you worry about it, then lay/sleep on your side to rests/sleep which you will need it. Congrats and good luck. ...Read more
No problem: Any position you are comfortable in is safe for your baby! ...Read more
Yes: It's fine now, but you should try to avoid laying flat on your back after about 20 weeks. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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