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Why Is Laying On Your Back During Pregnancy Dangerous
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
Blood flow: Early on, it's not a problem. As you get toward the end and the baby and uterus is large, laying directly on back can compress mom's blood vessels (aorta and vena cava), and with that can reduce blood flow to the placenta. So it's best those last 6-8 weeks to stay off direct back and blood flow is best laying on the left side. ...Read more
You should not lay on your back during pregnancy but can the same pressure on the vena cava be caused by leaning/sitting up against a hard surface?
Are you suppose to sleep laying on the back during pregnancy? I find it uncomfortable any other way but heard this is bad for the baby?
Better after 20 wks: After ~20 weeks pregnant, laying flat on the back can cause the enlarged uterus to press down on blood vessels that run next to the spine. There is research evidence that not back sleeping can cut down on risk of stillbirth. Sewing a tennis ball into the back of clothes can help avoid sleeping on the back. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/health/side-sleeping-may-reduce-risk-of-stillbirth.html. ...Read more
I've heard you shouldnt sleep on your stomach during pregnancy, is this true? Also, is it ok to lay on your stomach for a back massage while pregnant?
True?False? Laying on ur back during pregnancy slows the return of blood to the heart which reduces blood flow to the fetus less oxygen less nutrients
Depends: early in pregnancy lying on your back is fine. Later in the third trimester some women may be advised to lay on their left side to reduce blood pressure or in cases of poor fetal growth. However, for most women lying on your back is compensated with an increase in your pulse and the oxygen level to the baby is fine. So, for some this is true, but in general is false. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suppression: If you are having recurrent infections, you should discuss suppressive therapy (antibiotics) with your healthcare provider. You can become very sick from a urinary tract infection in pregnancy and this can lead to premature labor and possibly, premature delivery with infectious complications in you or in the neonate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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