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Is laying on your left side really the only safe sleeping position while pregnant? 14w4d

Is laying on your left side really the only safe sleeping position while pregnant? 14w4d

In late pregnancy,: Yes. Body position does impact both mother and baby: maternal cardiac output (heart pumping and oxygen delivery) in late pregnancy is greatest in the left lateral position, intermediate in the right lateral position and lowest when the mother is lying flat. The same is true for mother and baby during labor. Great question! ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Could the fact i lay primarily on my left side when sleeping and while on computer cause the soreness and pain i feel on my left breast and side

Could the fact i lay primarily on my left side when sleeping and while on computer cause the soreness and pain i feel on my left breast and side

Yes: Most likely cause the muscle and breast fat becoming sore from the pressure being constant on the left side and breast. Try to change side often. ...Read more

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Is laying on your back while pregnant bad?

Is laying on your back while pregnant bad?

Supine in pregnancy: Laying completely on your back after 1st trimester can impair blood flow return to your heart because of weight of uterus. In general, apnea and snoring will also be worse in this position. ...Read more

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How dangerous is sleeping on my back while pregnant?

How dangerous is sleeping on my back while pregnant?

More uncomfortable : Sleeping on your back during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable later in pregnancy as the uterus and baby can occlude the vena cava (a large blood vessel in front of the spine) and impede blood return to your heart. ...Read more

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Chest pain on right side and it increase while lying on bed and breathing?

Chest pain : hi! There are a lot of causes of chest pain on the right. Without a proper exam, I think your pain is probably muscular or even gastrointestinal. If it just started , give it a couple days. If this has been happening for awhile, get checked out. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant. Should I sleep on my left side or my right? I was told by friends that sleeping on my left side is good, on my right side is not.

29 weeks pregnant. Should I sleep on my left side or my right? I was told by friends that sleeping on my left side is good, on my right side is not.

Sleep position: When pregnant, the enlarged uterus presses on the major blood vessels in your belly. Positioning your body to the left moves the uterus away from the vessels. You do not have to be on your side, you can simply put a pillow or something similar under your right buttocks to tilt your body to the left. Your shoulders can be flat. Hope this helps explain it more. DrG ...Read more

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I awaken with significant right knee pain while sleeping on left side, why?

I awaken with significant right knee pain while sleeping on left side, why?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments available. ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks pregnant and having pain in my lower left and right back. While sleeping at night, the pain seems to get worse on whatever side i lay on?

Back pain is not: Uncommon. Try some tylenol (acetaminophen) prior to sleep or even tylenol (acetaminophen) pm. On the other hand, you may have insomnia that is preventing deep wave sleep and adding to your muscle spasm. Do u clinch your teeth at night? This can sometimes contribute to pain. With poor sleep i always inquire about stress, worry, sadness, guilt, daytime tiredness, to determine whether your issue is related to stress, mood issue. ...Read more

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Am 34week pregnant and I can't sleep on my left side because of pain, what should I do since sleeping on the left is the best posture?

Am 34week pregnant and I can't sleep on my left side because of pain, what should I do since sleeping on the left is the best posture?

Sleep anyway u can: At 34 weeks, sleep anyway that you can as long as it isn't on your back which will slow blood return to the heart due to uterine compression with the baby on the main blood vessel (inferior vena cava). ...Read more

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Is sleeping on your right side at 26 weeks pregnant bad ?

Is sleeping on your right side at 26 weeks pregnant bad ?

Prefer left side: Sleeping on your left side is preferable as it gets the pregnant uterus off of the inferior vena cava and aorta. When either is compressed there is less blood return to your heart and consequently your fetus. ...Read more

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Is it ok to sleep on both left and right side 17wks preg? I find it impossible to sleep only on left side throughout the night.

Is it ok to sleep on both left and right side 17wks preg? I find it impossible to sleep only on left side throughout the night.

Yes it is fine: If you are awake, it is always better to be on the left side over the right side as it gives more return blood flow to the heart and therefore to the baby. But at 17 weeks I do not think you need to worry about this so early. ...Read more

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When your pregnant is it safe to sleep on your back, belly, side?When should I stop sleeping on my back, belly, side?

When your pregnant is it safe to sleep on your back, belly, side?When should I stop sleeping on my back, belly, side?

Safe : Most books recommend avoiding sleeping on your back in the third trimester. Many think this is not even necessary as traditionally avoiding bring on your back in a maneuver used to relieve fetal heart rate abnormalities when someone is in labor. ...Read more

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What side should I sleep on?Im comfortable on my right side. And when I lay on my left it feels like im on the baby and it hurts my side.27 weeks

What side should I sleep on?Im comfortable on my right side. And when I lay on my left it feels like im on the baby and it hurts my side.27 weeks

Right side: Two reasons: first you feel more comfortable, second, rt side lay down improves the gastric content emptyness, ttherefore decreases / improves the gastroessophageal reflux during sleep hours. A condition that is frecuent in pregnant woman. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant while laying on my left side I get a tighten little cramp on the side of stomach & all around why?

31 weeks pregnant while laying on my left side I get a tighten little cramp on the side of stomach & all around why?

Pressure: By 31 weeks your uterus is large enough to cause some "space issues". Is shifts around a little in your abdomen depending on your body position,It can press on blood vessels and bowel as well as tug on its own supporting ligaments which can result in cramp and discomfort. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying on right side. On my back and left side I breathe good. What could it be? Is it serious?

Difficulty breathing when lying on right side. On my back and left side I breathe good. What could it be? Is it serious?

Variable cause: Could be anything for a deviated septum in your nose to a collapsed left lung (symptoms occur when the good side is compromised). A chest x-ray is indicated. Pulse oximetry when you lie right side down should be measured. A PEFR measurement during sx would also help. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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