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#1 of 10 Old 08-02-2007, 06:19 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm sitting here in my recliner with my laptop on my lap , and I've seen a couple warnings about not sitting in a recliner. Can someone please tell me what's wrong with this? Thanks!
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#2 of 10 Old 08-02-2007, 06:24 PM
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I don't know why there would be anything wrong with that... I spent the last part of my first pregnancy in a recliner and for a fact I think the dr. recommended that if I was having trouble sleeping due to heartburn or other issues. You aren't supposed to be flat on your back after 16 weeks, but a recliner should be fine...

Not in your DDC, but I saw this and wanted to answer...

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Hrm....I've never heard of this warning. I've only heard what PP said, that it is often recommended to help you sleep later on, or to help with heartburn. I say recline away!

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The concern is that your uterus can press on the vena cava (I believe) and bloc blood flow to your feet, you get up and your feet are asleep and you fall. I also think they feel this might hamper blood flow to the uterus.

It's the same principle as the idea of not laying flat on your back.
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not in your ddc but ... my midwifes and the birthing class instructor for the class i am in have said that slouching or leaning back in a chair is bad because it encourages the baby to be in a less than optimal position for labor. i think early in pregnancy it is fine but when you get close to 32 weeks it is better to be in positions that encourage the baby to be head down and anterior

a really good web page about baby positions is http://www.spinningbabies.com/

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What Moonfroggy said. The best way to sit for baby position is straight up! Also wanted to add that it's not the best idea to have a laptop on your lap considering radiation concerns and heat etc.

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Yes - agreeing with moonfroggy too. EVERYONE should read spinningbabies.com!! For optimal fetal positioning, using good posture, not reclining, not crossing legs, etc is advised, and it's hard (at least for me) to form new habits overnight, so I'm trying to get in the habit of doing those things NOW so that when I'm 30-some weeks it will be second nature. I've only had heartburn a few times, but I've found relief sleeping in a reclining position on my side.

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Yeah, the recliner is bad because it can cause baby to get comfy in bad positions making aches, pains, and labor more difficult.. I just get used to not sitting in a recliner during the beginning of my pregnancy. Sitting indian style is best Soo Ive been sitting indian style at the computer chair which is pretty much the only place I sit other than the kitchen table and car lol
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yes i ended up with a posterior baby last time and was told that i needed to get out of the recliner immediately and make sure the seat of my car and chairs i sat in the seat was flat or tilted down not up...so it is not just how the back of the chair is but also the seat.
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Yep, just so you get the VERY IMPORTANT message, I will second what moonfroggy said. It has to do with optimal fetal positioning. Posterior babies, for most women, are NOt FUN.
you should NEVER,EVER recline in the last trimester. No recliners. No bucket seats in cars(get a wedge). No leaning back reclining on the couch. Get a birth ball. sit on it. Get in the hands and knees position every day. etc.

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