Top
10
Doctor insights on: Why Is Laying On Your Back During Pregnancy Dangerous

Share
1

1
When during pregnancy should you stop laying on your back?

When during pregnancy should you stop laying on your back?

6 months: At approximately 24 weeks you should avoid laying on your back for prolonged periods of time in order to avoid compression of veins (vena cava). ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
4 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Is it ok to lay on your back during pregnancy? I've heard its not but im unsure?

Is it ok to lay on your back during pregnancy? I've heard its not but im unsure?

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

4

4
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?

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?

Yes, but different: There is some compression of the vena cava sitting up or leaning against a hard surface, but it is minimal and temporary compared to the pressure of a weighted uterus on the vena cava while lying on your back while pregnant. ...Read more

5

5
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?

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

7

7
What can I do for back and neck pain during pregnancy? Is laying in a warm bath advised?

What can I do for back and neck pain during pregnancy? Is laying in a warm bath advised?

Perfectly OK: A warm compress, warm bath, massage to neck & back area, and tylenol (acetaminophen) are all acceptable ways to alleviate back & neck pain in pregnancy. Relaxation exercises also help and resolving your everyday stresses helps too. Take care. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
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

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: But it may be more comfortable for you and facilitate blood flow toward fetus if you lie on your side as pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

10

10
Are recurrent but treated utis during pregnancy dangerous and why would they keep coming back?

Are recurrent but treated utis during pregnancy dangerous and why would they keep coming back?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer