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QuestionGal 06-21-2007 09:51 AM

I was a back sleeper pre-pregnancy and I still wake up on my back all the time. It's the only time I get any real rest. Side sleeping makes my neck and back ache (I had a neck injury several years ago).

When I told my bradley teacher she said I was harming the baby and myself. The thing is, it's not intentional, I fall asleep on my side but wake up on my back, no idea how long I've been that way.

So, truly, how bad is back sleeping? Wouldn't my body "tell" me or make it uncomfortable if it was that bad?

Aeress 06-21-2007 10:08 AM

They say (they is who again? ) that sleeping on your left side is good for blood flow but I sleep however I can get comfortable. I sleep on my back due to heartburn, I need the elevation. I figure when I am uncomfortable I will stop.

mittendrin 06-21-2007 11:28 AM

The only thing you need to worry about is at a later point that the weight of the baby might restrict some bloodflow if you are on your back. Trust your body, what else are ya gonna do? I am just waiting for the nex mommy/baby gadget: a sleep positioner for moms so they can only sleep on their left side.
Just like those horrible things they have for babies: wegded in a piece of flame retardent foam. Yuck. Complete nonsense for a healthy babe.

You're fine, as long as you get sleep

crazycandigirl 06-21-2007 11:44 AM

You should be fine sleeping in any position that feels comfortable. I sleep however I can get some sleep. Left side is best, but being able to sleep is so much more important. My doctor says that I would know if I was cutting off blood supply to the baby, that I would feel dizzy, sick, have body parts fall asleep, ect.

jessitron 06-21-2007 12:37 PM

Yeah, your body will tell you if it's a problem. Ever lay down on your back (esp on a hard surface) and feel out of breath, and like a turtle balanced on its shell? I feel like that when I'm on my back for long enough, or even leaning back in a chair sometimes. If ya don't get that feeling, you should be fine.
Poo on your Bradley teacher for trying to scare you.

vivianstcloud 06-21-2007 12:56 PM

I've been worrying about my sleeping position, too. So glad you posted this.

I seem to sleep best, with no nausea, on my right side. I know that's not optimal, but I gotta sleep!

jlmack45 06-21-2007 01:35 PM

Why do they say left side..what makes it different from the right? I have always slept on my right side and I've been told to change. I am kindof an unusual sleeper though. I have always had to have one of those little couch pillows under my head to be comfy. Those are a big comfort.

2bluefish 06-21-2007 02:43 PM

My neck has been messed up this whole pregnancy from sleeping on my side. I do get on my back sometimes, but end up a little numb. Chiro laughed and said - at least you know why and won't go running off to the hospital to get tests! He seemed to think it wasn't dangerous.

newCTmama 06-21-2007 04:41 PM

I also try to start the night on my side but wake up on my back : Good to know we're not alone!

veganone 06-21-2007 04:51 PM

I am starting to get out of breath when I lay on my back, so I'm mostly stuck on my sides. My hips also hurt, so I end up with a pillow under my belly, one or two between my knees, and two under my head. Then I need to roll over! If I can't get comfy, I build myself a giant triangle of pillows and can use that to sleep on my back. It's an ordeal, but ah the comfort!!! They sell wedges for massage and stuff that you can use to lay on your back, too, but I just got out all the guest pillows. My doc said to just listen to what's comfortable and sleep however I can! It's hard enough to sleep when you're pregnant without being obsessed with staying on one side. There is no way I could ever get through an entire night in one position!

thorn 06-21-2007 05:19 PM

your body will tell you when it's unsafe - you'll wake up! I usually fall asleep on my side and wake up on my back. I alternate sides when I wake up.

Pumpkin_Blythe 06-21-2007 07:24 PM

I sleep on my bump. I prop my leg up with a pillow but it is the only way I can get comfy it seems.

QuestionGal 06-21-2007 07:29 PM

THANK YOU!! (my neck thanks you too!)

Glad to know that my back sleeping isn't going to harm anyone and that my body will tell me when it's time.

jmthompson 06-21-2007 08:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pumpkin_Blythe View Post
I sleep on my bump. I prop my leg up with a pillow but it is the only way I can get comfy it seems.
Me too. And I rotate from side to side.

I do occasionally lay on my back because its more comfortable and then I worry more which causes less sleep. What i have discovered is that if I turn on my side, put a pillow behind me and then roll to my back, it's much more comfortable. I am not fully on my back, but not on my side either. I sleep well in that position...especially since I feel secure with the pillow. But undoubtly they move during the night.

Frisbee 06-21-2007 11:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmthompson View Post
Me too. And I rotate from side to side.

I do occasionally lay on my back because its more comfortable and then I worry more which causes less sleep. What i have discovered is that if I turn on my side, put a pillow behind me and then roll to my back, it's much more comfortable. I am not fully on my back, but not on my side either. I sleep well in that position...especially since I feel secure with the pillow. But undoubtly they move during the night.
: I've been doing that too. I call it the "half back".

punkie4god 06-22-2007 12:34 AM

This is how I've been sleeping too - on my back but on 1/2 a pillow so I'm kind of on my side. I am normally a tummy sleeper, so everything is uncomfortable! I've also been making the triangle-of-pillows at the top so that I am laying on a wedge to lay on my back. I figure that if it is good enough for final relaxation in my prenatal yoga class then it is good enough for sleeping, lol. If I wake up uncomfortable, then I just roll over and try again.

smudge 06-22-2007 01:07 AM

I sleep on my right mostly, then the left side. So far so good.

Lookingup 06-22-2007 06:52 AM

I'm glad this was posted. I can't sleep on my left side for the life of me (old shoulder injury.) Actually... lately it seems like I can't get comfy to sleep at all! I'm thinking I need an extra layer on my bed for my hips, like a feather bed or something.

I don't worry too much about the left side thing though. When I told my mom, she responded with her usual: "well, they never told us that when we were pg, and y'all are just fine."


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