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When during pregnancy should I change my sleep position?

When during pregnancy should I change my sleep position?

Yes: In a perfect world, pregnant women should sleep on their left sides. This allow the uterus and baby to roll off the blood vessels and allow greater blood return to the heart and subsequently to the baby. In most people, without severe anemia, it doesn't make as much difference if you sleep on your right, left or even back. I do tell back sleepers to try to lay on a pillow under one hip. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

It can: Sleeping in certain positions, namely stomach can increase likelihood of swallowing air because the esophagus (tube leading to stomach) remains opened. On back the airway and gravity mostly collapse this tube. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have tingles in vaginal area during early pregnancy? Kind of feels like when ur foot is asleep

Is it normal to have tingles in vaginal area during early pregnancy? Kind of feels like when ur foot is asleep

Yes: The sensations a woman feels during early pregnancy range from a subtle tingling in the genital and lower abdominal areas to light cramping. This can also happen in your breasts. These are normal. If they are painful or interfering with your everyday routine, then you should see a health care provider. ...Read more

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Can a sleep position worsen sciatica nerve problems?

Can a sleep position worsen sciatica nerve problems?

Yes: ? can sleep position worsen sciatica. Long nerve tracts are normally stretched by certain anatomical positions. If nerve abnormally impinged anywhere pain shoots down tract. Best psn. to remit pain is supine (no pillow) on couch w. sciatica leg flexed 45 degrees & leaned vs. couch back; other foot on arm rest. Position also diminishes longitudinal spinal cord pull. Relaxed nerves are happy nerves. ...Read more

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What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

Catheters: Basically, the one that is most comfortable for you. It is best to have the foley catheter secured to the outside thigh to reduce traction on the catheter which can cause pain and/or bleeding. ...Read more

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I wake up every night after a few hours from dull soreness in my ribs (both sides) that lasts for an hour after i wake up. It happens regardless of sleep position. Help!

I wake up every night after a few hours from dull soreness in my ribs (both sides) that lasts for an hour after i wake up. It happens regardless of sleep position.  Help!

Sleep position : You are 29 male and note soreness in the chest/ribs after sleeping. This is most likely a sleep position related. Try sleeping in a reclining chair and note if the pain remains. Check the quality of you mattress the age as well. Start with recording what makes it better or worse to help figure this out if you need your doctor for this. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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