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I keep catching myself waking up on my back and when I get up I have a headache and a little out of breath. Could this hurt the baby, or just me?
 

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I'm pretty sure that lying on your baby could hurt your baby :p<br><br>
I think the thing about lying on your back has something to do with circulation, later on in pregnancy I just never laid on my back because I couldn't breathe that way.
 

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It scares me because I don't mean to lie on my back, I just wake up that way. I have got to find a way to keep me on my side when I am sleeping...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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mommysusie you might want to edit your question since you said lie on your "baby" instead of back!
 

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Lying on your back can make you lightheaded because of decreased venous return from your lower extremities. Won't hurt you or baby though.
 

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A study done a while ago found that women LABORING on their backs could cut off some circulation to the baby and herself. But, nothing's been shown that sleeping on your back occasionally would do any harm. A lot of people just play it safe and caution women to not be on their backs at all.<br><br>
Personally, I sleep on my side just because it's more comfortable while pregnant. But, if your body is finding it more comfortable to be on your back, then I'm sure it's fine. I wouldn't worry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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why dont you try putting a pillow behind your back at night that way when you roll in your sleep it will keep you at least tilted off you back... you dont have to be completely on you side. laboring is also true as well. women that lay on their back for a prolonged amount of time while on extended montioring will have decels b/c of the compression of the inferior vena cava
 

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My yoga instructor talked about this the other day (she's a RN) and said it doesn't harm the baby any - just might make you feel light-headed or short of breath. So if you feel fine while on your back, it sounds like it's OK.
 

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I do the same thing. Every night I try to go to sleep on my side with a pillow behind my back to keep me that way and every morning I wake up lying on my back, pillow MIA.
 

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Go to your first post, click edit, click go advanced. It will allow you to edit the title after that.
 

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Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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My MW said that, if lying on your back is bothering your body or your baby (via cutting off blood flow), it will wake you up as a sign that you should shift positions.<br><br>
The weight of the baby can compress the inferior vena cava, which is the vein that circulates blood from the lower half of the body (including the uterus) to the heart. This vein runs on the right side of the spine, which is why we are told to lie on our left side. I looked online and could not find info if this relates to the placenta. Only one site said it related to the uterus.<br><br>
I put a pillow under my right hip and shoulder so I am tilted to the left, and another pillow under my right knee, then bend my left knee. This is comfortable enough for me to fall asleep, and the weight of the baby is shifted off my right side.
 

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With my first pregnancy I stressed out about this... I have always, my whole life, slept on my side in the fetal position, but as soon as I was about 4 months preggers I would find myself constantly sleeping on my back. I tried sleeping in chair, surrounded by pillows, wedged between my dh and a wall, etc., and I always end up back on my back. It's happened with every other pregnancy since and neither myself or baby seems to have had any problems (besides my tormenting myself trying to stay asleep on my side!), so I stopped worrying about it.
 

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Yeah I think waking up and rolling over as you are doing is the perfect solution. I gather this is one of those "you'll feel bad long before it does any harm" things.
 
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