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Sleep During Pregnancy
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
Options: I would avoid medications... But would suggest fewer blankets or cool down the room. Congratulations! (I am assuming you are too hot). ...Read more
What can I take for sleep during pregnancy? I currently take 10 mg of generic Ambien (zolpidem) and was told that was ok?
Pregnancy sleep help: The fda rates safety of drugs in pregnancy from category a (controlled studies showing no fetal risk) to x (proven risks to fetus outweigh maternal benefit). Ambien is category b: presumed safe, based on animal studies; no well-controlled human studies available. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is another "class b." best plan is improved sleep hygiene, though: http://www. Umm. Edu/sleep/sleep_hyg. Htm. ...Read more
Stretching during sleep during pregnancy and getting sharp pain in the upper side of the abdomen (middle) for few seconds. What is that pain for?
Depends: There a variety of aches and pains that occur as the uterus grows inside your body. You did not mention how far along you are. If you are far along then the pain may just be from the growing baby. Upper right side pain can be a sign of gallbladder disease which is common in pregnancy. Have have your obgyn who has more information check you out ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Pillows galore!: This is one of those conditions that make it very difficult to sleep with a rapidly growing abdomen, As OB MD's we also ask you not to sleep on your back as it may compromise the fetal blood supply from your placenta. Grab as many pillows as you can comfortably "stuff" in and around your abdomen and back for comfort, and avoid computers and TV watching one hour before sleeping. ...Read more
Yes: Difficulty sleeping is a very common complaint in pregnancy. Try extra pillows to support you as you lie on your side (against your back and between your legs). Avoid caffeine and/or large meals late in the evening. Make sure the room is dark and cool. Only go to bed for sleeping - no reading or watching tv. Good luck! ...Read more
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Ask your doctor: It's recommended that medications be taken in pregnancy only when necessary. Each medication has a different FDA pregnancy category. Please talk with your obstetrician before taking any medication to aid sleep. Your obstetrician can make specific recommendations for you. Take care. ...Read more
Is sleep aides okay during pregnancy? Before pregnant I had 2500+ mg a night, after finding out I dropped to 100 mg a night.
Sleeping pills: I don't know what you are taking but don't take anything without clearance from your OB doctor. ...Read more
No: Alprax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine, a class of drug used in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Not only is it cat. D (unsafe to take during pregnancy), but also it is addictive and can make you and your baby addicted. This is now what you want. There are much safer alternatives. Talk to your doc about that. ...Read more
When uncomfortable: You won't really hurt your baby at all by sleeping on your stomach; you won't smash it or anything. Eventually as your belly grows, you won't be comfortable on your stomach and you'll move to your side. The issue is sleeping on your back, and honestly that risk has been exaggerated. Tilting to one side or the other in the second half of the pregnancy is a safe way to get some rest. ...Read more
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
Is it ok to sleep slightly tilted up during pregnancy or slightly angled to to the left? I'm 22w4d with marginal previa. All left causes me hip pain
I've heard you shouldn't sleep on your stomach during pregnancy, is this true? Also, is it ok to lay on your stomach for a back massage while pregnant?
When to stop sleeping on your back during pregnancy? I'm 20weeks pregnant in 2 days and I'm a back sleeper : (i hate the sides and tummy sleeping : (
Pregnancy: When you sleep on your back, the increased weight of uterus presses on the major vein. That returns blood from your legs to your heart. By second trimester, and definitely by third trimester, sleep on your side. Get a pregnancy pillow that supports your belly, back and legs. Good luck. ...Read more