Updated: Jun 30, 2020
For a pregnant woman, sleeping positioning is one of the biggest concerns.
Improper positioning can be very uncomfortable, it may be a danger for both mother and baby by interfering with uterine blood flow and resulting in maternal hypotension, nausea, fainting, and ultimately shock, along with consequent effects on a baby. How about lying on my back? No!
You should avoid lying on your back after the first trimester. The weight of the uterus puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, a major blood vessel that runs along the anterior spine. After five or more minutes, some women report uneasiness, dizziness, shortness of breath, or other discomforts.
This position can also cause pain on your back and hips. How about lying on my stomach? No!
This position is generally not recommended for pregnant women in their second and third trimester. During the first trimester, it is fine as long as you are comfortable.
When you lie on your stomach, your body weight exerts strain on your lumbar, pelvic and uterine structure. Your lumbar can add pressure on the baby too.
This position puts unnecessary pressure on the breasts, and can lead to nasal congestion in any trimester.
What is the best position?
The side-lying position is generally the safest way to for a woman past her first trimester. It eliminates the unwanted pressure on the breasts and uterus that can occur in the face-down position, and prevents pressure on the inferior vena cava.
You can use pillows to support your neck, legs, knees, and hips.
A small wedge can be used to support the belly. That’s all. I wish every pregnant woman a good sleep every day!