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Correct Sleeping Position during Pregnancy


The increasing size of the belly makes it difficult for expecting mothers to sleep comfortably. Read on to learn more about the correct sleeping positions and tips for sleeping comfortably during pregnancy.


With pregnancy come a few perks and problems. One of the common problems is with your sleeping. Getting to sleep comfortably can be a major problem with your growing girth. You are most likely to experience back ache and pelvic pain and other forms of discomfort that will ruin your beauty sleep.

Most women suffer from back pain and pelvic pain during their pregnancy and these pains are likely to affect you more with time as your pregnancy progresses. If you were used to sleeping on your stomach, you might have to consider changing positions because your breasts might be too sore and with the increasing growth of your belly, it will be undoubtedly uncomfortable in that position. Here are a few things you can do to sleep soundly during your pregnancy and also prevent any sort of discomfort.


1. Sleep on Your Side

Get into the habit of sleeping on your side. The left side is a more preferable position.  During your first and your second trimester, sleeping on your left is also beneficial for your baby’s growth.  It not only helps in the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta but also helps remove waste products and fluids from your body through your kidneys. Sleeping on your left is best for the baby and is also more comfortable with your growing abdomen. This position also helps in better blood circulation and also expanding body weight.


2. Avoid Sleeping on Your Back

Avoid lying on your back while sleeping, since it may result in harm to you and your baby during the later months. Sleeping on your back puts more pressure on your body as the weight of the uterus lies on the back muscles and spine, your intestines, and also the major blood vessels in your body resulting in problems like muscle pains, weakened blood circulation and haemorrhoids. These can result in uneasiness not only for you but also can decrease circulation of blood to your baby as well. Sleeping on your back can also result in low blood pressure, causing dizziness and nausea. However, it can also result in high blood pressure for some moms-to-be. It also causes snoring and sleep apnoea as well.


3. Use More Pillows

Pillows can be a major help in providing you with ample support and comfort for sleeping during pregnancy. Pregnancy pillows will come in handy during this time. Proper pillow positioning can also prevent you from rolling on you back or your front. During pregnancy, you are bound to experience shortness of breath. Use a pillow to raise your head to prevent this. Pillows are also useful for preventing heartburn. Prop the head with a number of pillows. This will help keep the acids down in the stomach rather than going up the food pipe.


4. Change Positions

It is not remotely possible to control your position while you sleep. Hence, in the middle of the night, when you wake up, and find yourself lying on your back or your front, do not panic. Simply roll over to your side and sleep comfortably. Lying on your side continuously may put pressure on your hips. Use soft pillows to lie on or just sleep in whatever position you feel comfortable.


5. Try Other Methods of Sleep

With your growing belly during your late pregnancy, it might get uncomfortable in bed. Sleeping on a comfortable sofa with lots of pillows might supposedly help.

Sleep disturbance during pregnancy is mostly caused by the change in hormonal levels and fatigue. Hence, sleep and rest is important during your pregnancy. You will need it to get rid of all the stress that you and your body have to go through. Also, it is a vital aspect to for a healthy pregnancy.


How to sleep comfortably during pregnancy? Which sleeping positions should be avoided during pregnancy? What is the right way to sleep during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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