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Sleeping on your back in pregnancy, dangerous or not?

Sleeping on your back in pregnancy, dangerous or not?

Sleeping back in pregnancy is a common choice for pregnant women who often suffer from insomnia. They find comfort in this position and seem to steal their sleep faster. But is this a recommended position in pregnancy? Is it dangerous or not? As the pregnancy evolves, more and more problems arise due to the growing belly.

The comfort becomes a luxury and you find it increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Sleeping on your back is not the best position for you and your baby in pregnancy, experts say. It seems that this option does not do any harm to either of you, because it only warns you that it is necessary to change the position.

In other words, you will not be able to sleep very long on your back because you will wake up shortly. It is the way your body announces that it is the case to change your position, for your own good. At the same time, you should not be alarmed if you lie down in a certain position, say one side, and wake up in the back. It often happens and is not a big problem, because the body will not allow you to stay so long in this position to do any harm to the baby.

Why is not recommended sleeping on the back during pregnancy?

In the first part of the pregnancy, more precisely in the first trimester, it is less important on which side you sleep. Plus, you'll be so tired that you won't even notice when you change positions during sleep. The problems with this position begin to appear when the belly begins to see and becomes sharpened towards the end of the 9 months.

As your abdomen grows in size towards the end of pregnancy, the additional weight you accumulate must be directed to the lower area of ​​the body, ie the pelvic area.

When the tummy is constantly growing and sleeping on your back, the entire weight of the uterus will put pressure on the spine, intestines and the main blood vessels. The uterus especially presses the vein that carries blood from the heart to the fetus. When this happens too long, the fetus is deprived of nutrients and oxygen and is endangered.

The pressure exerted by the weight of the uterus when you sit back can lead to:

  • digestive problems;
  • hemorozi;
  • breathing difficulties;
  • impaired blood circulation in the baby.

Therefore, when you sit more back in pregnancy and get up you can feel dizziness and even fainting or you may have severe back pain. This position is even more dangerous if you have high blood pressure in pregnancy. In this case, it is contraindicated to sleep like this throughout the pregnancy. The risk of depriving your baby of vitamins, nutrients and oxygen is too high.

What is the best sleep position during pregnancy?

The specialists argue that the most suitable is to sleep on one side, more precisely on the left side starting with the second trimester of pregnancy. This position promotes increased blood flow from the placenta to the baby.

If you are accustomed to sleeping on your back in general, it is advisable to start exercising from the beginning of pregnancy. It will help you get used to the period when you will only have to sleep like this. You can try to make this position more comfortable with the help of pillows. These are very useful for pregnant women and help them sleep better when they suffer from insomnia.

You can start with a thin pillow that you place between your legs. In this way the knees will be easily removed and the hips aligned. Many women feel more comfortable when they put the pillow under their belly to support it. In addition, you may need a pillow and back to support it. If you have trouble falling asleep then you need to create healthy habits that favor a good sleep routine.

Try to do sports during the day (with the doctor's permission), but never near bedtime, because it gives you energy. Also, avoid caffeine drinks and sugary foods before bedtime. Read something or do a relaxing activity beforehand to make it easier to fall asleep.

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