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your right side????<br><br>
I am so very uncomfortable these days....I am showing way smaller with this second pregnancy that I did with dd's and this little girl is laying way low right now......so I am thinking the uncomfyness is coming from her laying low...<br><br>
Plus, I am soooo aware of when I am not sleeping on my right side like you are "told" you should that I am not sleeping well...<br><br>
When I am not pregnant, I sleep ONLY on my left side..facing dd and I am sooo comfortable.....but when I am pregnant it seems that only my right side is comfortable (laying on my right side, more towards laying on my belly but not on my belly, with a leg up like if i was running....if that makes any sense at all to anyone but me...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)....It was the same when I was pregnant with dd 3 years ago.....<br><br>
I seem to flip flop all night bc of this.......that I don't think I am entering a deep sleep phase bc I am so concerned about this....I don't remember if I felt the same way 3 years ago or not and DP cant' remember either.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So, how important is it really that I spend the night on my left side sleeping????? Even sitting on the sofa, it's more comfy to lean to my right.....SIGH.....<br><br>
I don;t think I spend all night on my right....just a good, decent part of it and "everyone" makes such a big deal about that large vein and the O2 it brings to the baby and such.....<br><br>
Didn't wanna call my MW with a question about it just yet......I'll see her next week....figured I'd call upon my friends here first.......<br><br>
Thanks!!!!!
 

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It's not important as long as you aren't having circulatory issues. Either side is fine. Any position is fine as long as you aren't FLAT on your back which can even be OK but not the best. Just get a good nights sleep!
 

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I only have circulatory issues if I stand way way too long like on Mother's Day at the picture maker at Walgreens trying to crop and print pics for my mom which they couldn't even print bc they were out of 8x10 paper....20 minutes of standing (give or take 5 minutes) and my legs were ready to be propped....but that's not an everyday issue....whew......<br><br>
That makes me happy to hear.....ppl make such a big deal about it....dd does move a bit more when i am on my right side but i think that's bc i am a tad tad on my stomach bc it's sooo comfy.....Our bed just isn't big enough for me to break out the snoogle just yet........<br><br>
Can't do the back sleep anymore..even with a leg propped......baby is laying so low it feels like she falls on my back..so not comfy....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks sooo much......hopefully I can get good sleep tonight.....
 

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I used to worry about it more with my first two pregnancies. This time, I sleep how I want. I'm dizzy on my back now, so I switch back and forth between sides. I'm the same way you are. I'm usually more comfortable on my left, but now pregnant am more comfortable on right. I wouldn't worry as long as you don't feel lightheaded.
 

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I usually sleep on my left side as well, but when pg it's much more comfortable to sleep on my right side. Your heart doesn't have to work as hard when you sleep on your right side since it's not having to pump "uphill" like it does if you lie on your left side. Sleep however you are most comfortable though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> If you're very uncomfortable in a position, then it's more than likely not a good position for you.<br><br>
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You're supposed to sleep on your right side? I thought you were supposed to sleep on your left side?<br><br>
Whatever. When I was pg, I could never stay comfy in any one position for very long. I would toss and turn all night long and I didn't really worry about any one position being "bad" because I never stayed that way for long.
 

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Me too...I've been trying to sleep on my left side! I usually sleep on whatever side I find comfy at that moment, though. My stomach isn't a possibility (too big of a bump now) and sleeping on my back makes me dizzy and lightheaded when I get up, so I just alternate between right and left sides, as desired!
 

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Me three. I'll be happy if it's right side though, I'm more comfy there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You're supposed to sleep on your right side? I thought you were supposed to sleep on your left side?<br><br>
Whatever. When I was pg, I could never stay comfy in any one position for very long. I would toss and turn all night long and I didn't really worry about any one position being "bad" because I never stayed that way for long.</div>
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You are "supposed" to sleep on your left side. The heart doesn't work as hard when you are on the left. It is something that is suggested for PIH and heart problems. A couple of times when my BP has been high at the OB they made me lie on my left side. I tend to sleep on my left because DD sleeps on my left.
 

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I woke up the other morning laying smack flat on my stomach (at 34 weeks) and was surpised at how comfortable I was! Not that I would intentionally get that way again.<br><br>
How do you think the human race managed to persist if there were no experts a ba-jillion years ago to tell us which side to sleep on? Hmm, something to ponder!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Of course, now we know (thankfully) certain things cause poor circulation or heart issues or edema....but for the most part, I think we know what just feels bad and what feels good.
 

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hahahaha AuntG.........it's a wonder we are all alive.....LOL<br><br>
I woke up with dd#1 laying smack flat on my stomach around 36wks and was soooo comfy.....then I got a swift kick to a lower rib.......lol
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You are "supposed" to sleep on your left side. The heart doesn't work as hard when you are on the left. It is something that is suggested for PIH and heart problems. A couple of times when my BP has been high at the OB they made me lie on my left side. I tend to sleep on my left because DD sleeps on my left.</div>
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Um... except that your heart has to pump "uphill" when you're on your left side so I'm not sure why it would be making the heart work less... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> I think whatever way you're most comfortable is the best way to sleep. I cannot sleep on my left side while pregnant because I go numb, but I definitely favor the left side while not pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I'd love to see some links of studies and such. Dh has read in several books that it's best to sleep on the right, but having not read those books personally, I'm just going by what he says (and what's comfy for me, of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">).<br><br>
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Ugh, at this point, I don't have a choice anymore because I have a left-shoulder rotator cuff injury. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It better not be that bad to sleep on the right, because my only alternative would be to submerge myself in water all night.
 

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i keep ending up all kinds of ways, lol... i try to sleep on my side, but still keep ending up on my belly sometimes... im a tummy sleeper usually.
 

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i think it's funny...well, ykwim, that alot of us are more comfy on our left sides when we aren't pregnant and now we arne't comfy on it....<br><br>
dd sleeps on my left so we cuddle from time to time during the night but it's just not comfy......<br><br>
lol to gcgirl...if i could find a way to submerge myself all night in nice warm water without drowing or getting all pruney...i would.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Um... except that your heart has to pump "uphill" when you're on your left side so I'm not sure why it would be making the heart work less... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> I think whatever way you're most comfortable is the best way to sleep. I cannot sleep on my left side while pregnant because I go numb, but I definitely favor the left side while not pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I'd love to see some links of studies and such. Dh has read in several books that it's best to sleep on the right, but having not read those books personally, I'm just going by what he says (and what's comfy for me, of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">).<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I have no idea. I am not saying it is scientific just what the general recommendation is and how I have (and my brother who has HBP and my SD who has atrial fibrilation) always had it managed by doctors. Never once has a doctor told me to lie on my right side. Not saying they are correct but when it comes to what you are "supposed" to do the general consensus is normally lay on your left <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, <b>lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby</b>: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.<br><br>
During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.</td>
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I flop from side to side all night, but have my body pillow on the left, so sleeping on my left side is the most comfortable.
 

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I'm the same way--when I wasn't pregnant, I could only sleep on my left side. Then when I got pregnant, I started sleeping on my stomach, and when I got bigger I can now only sleep on my right side. No matter what I do I can't get comfortable on my left side........I have just decided not to stress about it. So far everything looks fine with her so it must not be causing too much of a problem!
 

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yes, it supposed to be your left side. I flip sides all night though, dd turned out just fine...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't think it is important. Both pregnancies I slept flat on my back with a pillow under my upper back up until about 35 weeks and then switched.. pregnancy 1 to my left side, pregnancy 2 to my right side. I'm just past 40 weeks now and still UNABLE to lie on my left side, I don't know what the baby does in the but when I do it becomes so painful inside that I absolutely must switch sides. So yeah, I'm 40+ weeks and sleep on my right side and end up waking up flat on my back fairly frequently.
 
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