Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy
As your baby grows in the womb, your sleeping position gets disturbed. It is not easy to have a sound sleep during pregnancy with your belly growing in its own way. To accommodate your growing baby, switch your sleeping positions appropriately to make sure your baby and you are safe and sound.
Till your 4th or 5th month, your belly has not grown much. So your sleeping position has no effect. But after your 5th month, sleeping properly is important to avoid further complications.
This is the best sleeping position during pregnancy after your 5th month. Sleeping this way avoids extra pressure on your back. While both left and right side sleeping is safe, it is better to choose left side sleeping. This helps in easy flow of blood and other nutrition from your heart to placenta. Left side sleeping also keeps the liver away from extra pressure. Though both left and right side sleeping is safe, left side sleeping is much better.
To get more comfortable, sleep on your side and place a pillow below your abdomen. This supports your belly and back. Also, to avoid rolling on your back, prop a pillow in between your knees. If you are falling short of breath, place a pillow under your chest to raise it a bit.
Avoid Sleeping On Back:
Sleeping on back is a strict no after 5th month of pregnancy. This is because your belly is heavy now with the growing baby. When your sleep on your back, your intestines gets pressed because of baby’s weight resulting in tummy troubles. Also, the blood vessels which are behind your abdomen, carrying blood to your legs and feet from heart is at trouble. This ultimately slows down the blood circulation to your body and baby.
Avoid Sleeping on Your Stomach:
Though most of the women don’t dare to sleep on the stomach and face, let’s look at what happens if you do. Sleeping on the stomach puts pressure on your baby directly. This is not safe for you uterus and breasts.
Sleeping in your comfortable position is important during pregnancy. You need good sound sleep. Don’t panic if you roll over your stomach in sleep. This often happens with pregnant women. Grab as much sleep as possible during pregnancy. After the baby arrives, you will long to have some sleep at nights with your baby keeping you awake almost every night.
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