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Why is it important to lay on your left side instead of your right side during pregnancy? And what can happen if you do lay on your right side?

Why is it important to lay on your left side instead of your right side during pregnancy? And what can happen if you do lay on your right side?

Uterus off vena cava: By lying on your left side (esp. In 2nd and 3rd trimester) it allows the uterus to fall away from the vena cava and improve return blood flow to the heart. Because of the path of the bowel in the abdomen, and the position of the vena cava, the right side is less susceptible to uterine compression. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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During pregnancy, when is it a must to avoid laying on the right side? And can propping belly on a pillow be ok to lay on right side?

During pregnancy, when is it a must to avoid laying on the right side? And can propping belly on a pillow be ok to lay on right side?

Mainly during labor: Avoiding the right side is mainly used during labor when there are fetal heart rate abnormalities as a tool to increase blood flow to the placenta. This labor maneuver has now been adopted as a recommendation throughout pregnancy without much scientific evidence to support it. You may adjust with pillows in whatever way is comfortable for you ...Read more

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Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more

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Headache(left side) during pregnancy, is pain killer advisable? Any other remedy?

Headache(left side) during pregnancy, is pain killer advisable? Any other remedy?

More Info Please: If you are early in pregnancy, you can try some tylenol (acetaminophen) for your headaches. You can also sleep it off. You may try some tiger Balm massage on your head and forehead. However, a headache later in pregnancy can be a sign of Pre Eclampsia. You should see your doctor and get your BP check done. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Which organ on the left side moves up during pregnancy?

Which organ on the left side moves up during pregnancy?

Do you mean right?: The appendix located on the right side is commonly known to be displaced upward with pregnancy--at times at a mid abdominal position. The left side has the stomach and spleen . The stomach is slightly displaced upward by the gravid uterus. The spleen's position is not dramatically affected by pregnancy. ...Read more

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Painful side of abdomen during 6month pregnancy left side what causes it?

Painful side of abdomen  during 6month  pregnancy left side what causes it?

Uterus growing: Pain in the abdominal region during pregnancy is a common complaint, as the uterus grows it can cause some discomfort. If the pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, spotting or bleeding, vomiting or any discomfort during urination, calling your obstetrician is the best call of action. Drink plenty of fluids, change position and cure constipation. ...Read more

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Advice me which side can I sleep during pregnancy. Whether left or right side?

Advice me which side can I sleep during pregnancy. Whether left or right side?

Comfort: Normally, we recommend women to sleep on the left side. But, if this is not comfortable for her then She can sleep on the side that is comfortable for her. No worries. ...Read more

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Why is it better to sleep on the left side instead of the right during pregnancy? And what are the effects of sleeping on the right side?

Why is it better to sleep on the left side instead of the right during pregnancy? And what are the effects of sleeping on the right side?

Either side okay: When you lay on your back during the second half of pregnancy, the uterus itself will impede blood flow back to your heart causing a drop in your blood pressure. You might notice that in this position you will feel dizzy and light-headed. A tilt to the right or the left is adequate to avoid this effect. ...Read more