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Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

No.: For most people, it doesn't really matter. For pregnant women, it's sometimes recommended to sleep on the left side. But really, whatever is most comfortable is fine. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Do you have to sleep on your left side when pregnant . I'm 35 weeks pregnant and am only comfortable sleeping on my right?

Do you have to sleep on  your left side when pregnant . I'm 35 weeks pregnant and am only comfortable sleeping on my right?

Either side is fine: 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, but much much less so when you are on either side. So if more comfortable on r, then lay on your right. Comfort improves sleep and you will need good sleep. Congratulations and best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing about sleeping on your left side when pregnant and what foods should I beware of?

Is there evidence showing about sleeping on your left side when pregnant and what foods should I beware of?

Foods: Avoid deli meats & imported soft cheeses (listeria), raw meat (steak tartar), raw fish(sushi), raw shellfish, things made with raw eggs (salmonella), pate & refrigerated smoke seafood that is not subsequently cooked. No unwashed vegetables or fruit. Avoid alcohol & caffeinated beverages. Avoid mecury. Fish with very high potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin & king mackerel. ...Read more

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Is it better to sleep on your back, left side or right side and why?

Is it better to sleep on your back, left side or right side and why?

Makes no difference: There is no "better" way to sleep for most people. What's important is that you're comfortable and sleep well. It may be better to put a pillow between your knees if sleep on side so that you're hips and back don't get twisted which could potentially lead to back pain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest I do to force myself to sleep on left side only?

Original solution: Was a tennis ball sewn in the back of a shirt or pajama. This made it uncomfortable to lay on your back. Now you can buy a wedge shaped pillow to put behind you. There are also devices that have been invented to be more effective than the tennis ball. Something like the rematee: www.Antisnoreshirt.Com. ...Read more