Thursday, February 12, 2009

Back Sleeping During Pregnancy a Problem?

Yes it is been a problem to me.. and i guess to most pregnant women. I have been having trouble sleeping at night since i went up to my second trimester. Many people says i shouldn't sleep on my back cuz it slows down my blood circulation and cuts the blood flow to my baby which causes the heartbeat of the baby to drop down. I don't want that to happen, i was so worried, i am use to sleeping on my back. So every night i feel very uncomfortable in bed. it is also uncomfortable for me to sleep on my sides. i keep on turning cuz i can't sleep. My shoulder hurts everytime. Most of the nights i stay up late cuz i am having problem with sleeping. I did a research about back sleeping during pregnancy and found the asnwers why is it bad.

Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

Source:, Jodi Mindell: Pediatric sleep expert


Ilocana said...

So true! My OBGYN told me to alternate sleeping on my side with an extra pillow in between legs. A body pillow is ideal based on my experience.. So hope you and baby are doing okay. See you around. ^_^

Lara said...

Yep, that's right. Sleeping on your side is better for the baby. I was advised to sleep on my left side which is not really difficult to me because I am used to sleeping on my side.