A question that everyone pregnant women asks is, how to sleep when pregnant?
During your pregnancy stage, you may find yourself struggling in bed, trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Your regular sleeping positions, unfortunately, may no longer work for you during pregnancy sleep.
There are a number of reasons for this usual discomfort, but it is very important that you sleep in those sleeping positions which will give you good sleep, which is beneficial for you and your child.
Why am I so uncomfortable in my normal sleeping positions?
When you are pregnant, your body goes through a variety of stages or changes. These changes tend to disrupt your sleep.
Reasons for your discomfort may include:
• Shortness of breath
• Increased size of abdomen
• Back pain
What Are The Best Sleep Positions During Pregnancy?
The best sleeping position during pregnancy is undoubtedly “SOS” (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of nutrients and blood that reach the placenta and your baby.
Keep your knees and legs bent, and put a pillow between your legs.
• If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position, and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
• In late pregnancy, you may have shortness of breath. In this case, try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.
• If you are having heartburn during the night, you should prop your upper body with pillows.
The positions highlighted above would definitely not sound completely comfortable, especially when you are used to sleeping on your stomach or back, but you need to try them out. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all the night, and rotating positions is normal. Please understand that these positions will impact the healthy development of your child.
What Sleep Positions During Pregnancy Should I Avoid?
• Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with breathing, backaches, the digestive system, low blood pressure, hemorrhoids, and cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby.
• This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).
• Sleeping on your stomach: When you are pregnant for 3 or more months, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.