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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I am off work today and I think I slept for 11 hours last night, which was super. But I am wondering if others have trouble sticking to the side-sleeping thing. Sometimes I am sleeping on my stomach, propped to one side, and often on my back, though I am 13 weeks so the baby is not too big yet. Still I am paranoid and wake up thinking "great, my baby's probably dead now." 

post #2 of 9

I have read that you can sleep pretty much however you want, and if it's an issue your body will move to a different position on its own.  I sleep on my back mostly, and sides sometimes.  I don't think you need to worry much, when your belly is too big to sleep on you won't be able to and it won't be comfortable.  Your body protects your baby really well, so sleeping the wrong way isn't going to do much damage, your baby is safe!

post #3 of 9

My due dates officially put me in june now, but I started here so still lurk a little... Just wanted to say that in the introduction packet i got from my midwives, they gave me a bookmark printed with these words:

 

"healthy pregnant women may safely sleep on their backs! Significant decrease in blood flow due to back-sleeping would cause symptoms of faintness and shortness of breath in the mother before effecting her baby.  If you are comfortable restin on your back, your baby is comfortable too! Rest well" 

 

The nurse told me they printed them out because so many women were worried about it.

HTH

 

Lia

post #4 of 9

Last night (I'm 15 weeks tomorrow), I noticed for the first time that my uterus feels "heavy" when I'm on my back.  I can lay that way for a while, but I start feeling sort of squished.  

 

When (and if) it's an issue, you'll know. :)

post #5 of 9


I am getting that squished feeling too now after a little while of laying on my back. I always get a little bummed out when this happens because I LOVE laying on my back and reading before bed. I will have to read in some other position.
 

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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post

Last night (I'm 15 weeks tomorrow), I noticed for the first time that my uterus feels "heavy" when I'm on my back.  I can lay that way for a while, but I start feeling sort of squished.  

 

When (and if) it's an issue, you'll know. :)



 

post #6 of 9

What a relief to know that it's not harmful to the baby, as long as I'm comfortable. I'm used to sleeping on my back and for the past week I've been struggling with sleep on my side. Tonight's sleep is going to be great  sleeping.gif

post #7 of 9

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for sharing this! I am a bit, um, conscientious (read: anxiety-prone) and I always go to sleep on my left side like a good mama and then wake up on my back. Even though my intuition has told me that if I am sleeping deeply and getting good rest, good things are happening for the baby, it's still hard to turn off the intellectual part of my brain that has seen all of the scary literature about left-side sleeping. Which--I might add-- seems based almost entirely off of evidence collected in the last trimester, if not the last month. 
 

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Originally Posted by lia_joy View Post

My due dates officially put me in june now, but I started here so still lurk a little... Just wanted to say that in the introduction packet i got from my midwives, they gave me a bookmark printed with these words:

 

"healthy pregnant women may safely sleep on their backs! Significant decrease in blood flow due to back-sleeping would cause symptoms of faintness and shortness of breath in the mother before effecting her baby.  If you are comfortable restin on your back, your baby is comfortable too! Rest well" 

 

The nurse told me they printed them out because so many women were worried about it.

HTH

 

Lia



 

post #8 of 9

Wow, this is reassuring! I miss sleeping on my back, though now it starts out comfortably and ends up less so. I am trying everything to sleep through the night (propping up my head, breathe right strips, body pillow) and it's not going well. Maybe if I can stress out less about back sleeping, I'll do better.

 

This reminds me, my latest harebrained idea is to start a Pregnant Lady Camp where we just just focus on eating and sleeping and not have to deal with everyday life until the baby is...um...let's say potty-trained. Sheepish.gif

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Interesting, and thanks for the input. Hopefully I can sleep easier, and stop popping up wide awake at 3 a.m.

 

I'm not even a parent yet and already feel constantly nitpicked about what I "should" and "should not" be doing. This bugs me the most when it comes to food for some reason. 

 

 

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