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Sleeping During Pregnancy

Sleeping positions during pregnancy:

As your pregnancy progresses and the size of your uterus increases, you may find it increasingly difficult to get comfortable in bed. Early on in pregnancy, women can sleep on their stomachs. Eventually, it can become uncomfortable for some women, but it is okay to sleep on your stomach if it is comfortable. Lying on your back is not recommended due to pressure on the inferior vena cava, a major vein that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. In addition, the increased pressure on the back and intestines can cause discomfort.

The best sleeping position for a pregnant woman is on her side, especially the left side, because it allows for maximum blood flow to the fetus and improves kidney function in the mother. One option is to place a pillow between your knees as well as one under your abdomen. This can create enough of a tilt to help a pregnant woman sleep more comfortably on her side. You might also find it helpful to place a pillow behind your back for extra support. Talk with your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about sleeping positions during your pregnancy.

Reviewed Date: 05-18-2013

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This content was reviewed by Mid-Atlantic Womens Care, PLC. Please visit their site to find an Mid-Atlantic Womens Care obstetrician.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.