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Doctor insights on: Sleeping On The Left Side While Pregnant

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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I'm 32 weeks pregnant my left arm keeps falling asleep like I deel it very weak. Is this normal?

I'm 32 weeks pregnant my left arm keeps falling asleep like I deel it very weak. Is this normal?

Have it checked: This weakness does not sound right. There are many body changes accurring in pregnancy. This may include swelling, nerve pinching and others. Your doctor should check this arm weakness as it could point to something more serious. ...Read more

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Im 31 weeks pregnant & when im asleep on either side I have notice lately my arms go numb. What causes this? & is it normal?

Im 31 weeks pregnant & when im asleep on either side I have notice lately my arms go numb. What causes this? & is it normal?

Swelling: It's normal as you progress in the pregnancy to have this numbness. It's because your body hold onto water and causing swelling and retention. It is definitely normal. Compression on different nerves by swelling tissues causes this numbness. Not much you can do but wait it out until pregnancy is over and your body will release that water. Compression socks can help lower extremities with h2o. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnate can I sleep/ lay on my back?

Family practice : You should be able to sleep on your back if you sleep better that way. It shouldn't cause harm to the baby. ...Read more

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I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

No: Cell phone radiation isn't the kind that causes tumors. All the good studies show no effect, and in the big one, there were more tumors on the opposite side. The united nations has to appease militants, so the world health organization hasn't declared the matter settled. Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes. ...Read more

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Im 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

Im 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

Several things: First if the pain is new, talk to your doctor to be sure everything is ok. If it is just pressure from .The baby, try a comfortable body pillow to rest against, posture with one bent knee slightly on your side. Also a pregnancy girdle at this point might help relive some of the lower pressure. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

Its ok: Cats are usually the ones that give problems to preg women, espec. Cleaning the litter boxes and transmission of toxoplasmosis. Dogs are probably ok. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks preganant, i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

I'm 5 weeks preganant, i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

Other options:: 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs. ...Read more

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What can I take for a really bad cough i've had for about a week now? I'm seven weeks pregnet it's keeping from sleeping!

OTC medication: Any of the over the counter cough drops will be ok. If you have a sinus infection with drainage, you can try non-prescription decongestants, mucolytics, and cough suppressants as needed for your symptoms. There are very effective prescription cough suppressants that are safe during pregnancy - you doctor can prescribe as appropriate. ...Read more

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Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Please consult ASAP: With your cardiologist, he will need to follow you throughout the pregnancy and can give you his opinion, the cardiologist will need to work closely with your OB and a perinatologist and you may be better served delivering at a university medical center, for example, if you were in my area would refer u to the univ of miaim. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! it is very scary. What could this be. Im 31w pregnant?

Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! it is very scary. What could this be. Im 31w pregnant?

Half Asleep Startle: When we are half asleep, we are more likely to startle. Drs call it a "hypnogogic state." that may happen more easily if we have some discomfort that awakes us. In pregnancy you are likely to have such discomfort. Tell your OB dr in case there are important details not mentioned in this short communication. ...Read more

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I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

Stick with 25 mg: The dosage in pregnancy is 25 mg. This medication is used for both insomnia and nausea in pregnancy. The dosage is considered 20-25 mg. I would not do 50 mg unless recommended by your doctor ...Read more

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I have an extremely shorten cervix.Im 4weeks3days pregnant. When will i be stitched and will i be awake or asleep?

I have an extremely shorten cervix.Im 4weeks3days pregnant. When will i be stitched and will i be awake or asleep?

Ask your OB MD: Cervical cerclage (stitching) usually occurs in the 2nd trimester but please ask your OB md when they will consider that operation and under what conditions. ...Read more

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Its been 2 weeks and i haven't got my period . I feel so tired all the time and all i want to do is sleep am i pregant? I also took a pergncey test

Its been 2 weeks and i haven't got my period . I feel so tired all the time and all i want to do is sleep am i pregant? I also took a pergncey test

You tell us: If you did a pregnancy test then you have your answer. Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more