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At 36 weeks I'm just now starting to experience hip pain at night that is enough to ruin my sleep. Last night, I created this pillow sculpture with several under my knees (I'm tall) and several under my back so that I was elevated...got all kind-of-comfortable, and then started worrying that I wasn't sitting up enough and that if I fell asleep I would stay in that position long enough to compromise the baby's oxygen. I rationalized in my sleepiness that I would feel uncomfortable (as I do laying completely flat) if I was not sitting up enough. Then I worried myself onto my side, and laid awake waiting to feel the reassuring baby movements that I hadn't suffocated him. I realize a lot of this is half-asleep delusions...but really...how elevated do we need to be to be considered "not laying on our backs" where there are negative consequences?
 

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I don't have a technical answer, but I've always heard just what you said. If you were compromising the baby, you would know - you wouldn't be able to get comfy in that position.
 

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There is no problem laying on your back unless it is uncomfortable for you.<br><br>
For some women, it put extra pressure on them and isn't comfortable.<br><br>
My OB's have always told me I could lay on my back as long as I wanted as long as it was comfortable.<br><br>
Now I know a co-worker (who ironically used the same OB group) who had trouble laying down for the OB to do an internal check.<br><br>
So it really does vary from woman to woman.
 

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<span>I slept on my back with all my lo's which probebly explains why they were all back to back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> the only worry regarding sleeping your back i've heard is that baby ends lieing on a main artery (i think<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ) and it can cut off the oxygen to your brain makeing you feel dizzy or faint although i never had this problem, my mw said it wasn't a problem and she said if baby did end up un lying on in a position that was awkward during your sleep you would probebly turn over without realiseing it. i always tried my best to lie on my side but always woke up on my back, its best finding whats most comfortable for you, baby will be ok</span>
 

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I think the Vena Cava is actually returning blood to YOUR heart so you're not going to harm the baby, but you may become breathless or light headed or just plain uncomfortable if you're actually compressing that vein. YOU will feel any negative affects WAY before your baby could be affected by it though--that's mother nature's perfect plan at work!<br><br>
Try not to stress and rest as much as possible! I found the recliner to actually be THE best position for sleeping during the last few weeks of my last pregnancy. Oh what a joy it was to be able to sleep on my back guilt free after 10 months of uncomfortable snoozing!<br><br>
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Yes, what others have said. I had this question not too long ago and people here told me this same stuff. If it's comfortable for you, it's okay. You will know it's time to shift position if you start having middle or upper back pain, like you can't breathe or a burning sensation or tingling or if you get dizzy. But you're not hurting baby, only possibly compromising your own blood supply.<br><br>
BUT sometimes I think that if your body is out of whack it needs to lie straight to reset itself. I find that once a week or so I end up spending a lot of the night flat on my back (pillow under my knees, sometimes shifted kind of off to one side, supported by pillows, sometimes not) and feel SO much better the next day.<br><br>
Listen to your body. I think the "not flat on your back" thing is something they tell everyone to cover the dumb people who wouldn't listen to their bodies if they were feeling off because of it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think the Vena Cava is actually returning blood to YOUR heart so you're not going to harm the baby, but you may become breathless or light headed or just plain uncomfortable if you're actually compressing that vein. YOU will feel any negative affects WAY before your baby could be affected by it though--that's mother nature's perfect plan at work!</div>
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i had just asked my dad (a doc) the laying on the back question. he did say there was a major artery that supplies blood/oxygen to the placenta that can be "crushed" by the uterus weight if i lay on my back. now, i don't know if that is near a major vein that would also cause YOU symptoms if the weight of the uterus is too much. i'll have to check about that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
it's a tough one though...i always find myself on my back when i wake up in the middle of the night with the sleepy-thoughts "just a couple more minutes" before i turn over onto my hips. ouch.
 

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In both pregnancies there was/is no way I could lie except on my back. The first baby was robust and perfectly healthy, I'm sure the 2nd one will be too! I elevate my back slightly under pillows but not a heck of a lot. Also near the end ds 1 would always be moving around and turning posterior. If he stayed in that position for longer than I wanted him to I just did some exercises to get him back into the right position <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He wasn't going to stay in 1 position for long so I just had to accept that if he wasn't in the right pos. at the right time (labour) I'd just have to do something about it.
 

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my doc said laying on your back is fine, just put a small pillow under your right hip, thats enough to avoid "crushing" the artery i guess. the problem for me is i get leg cramps when i lay on my back....<br><br>
now what about stomach sleeping? i love it but feel like i am crushing the poor kid.... (i am 27 weeks)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">now what about stomach sleeping? i love it but feel like i am crushing the poor kid.... (i am 27 weeks)</div>
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I do it until it feels like I'm sleeping on a basketball... I figure it's fine till I'm uncomfortable. I'm 21 weeks and can still manage it just fine!<br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I am a tummy sleeper usually and with my first 3 I slept on my tummy in weird contorted positions until they were born. (oh that first night when I could actually lay directly on my belly after was heavenly!) This one I tend to wind up on my back which is just weird! I do worry about sleeping on my back though especially after my first OB with this pregnancy said DO NOT WHATEVER YOU DO SLEEP ON YOUR BACK AFTER 4 MONTHS!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Scare tactic much? How am I supposed to control what way my body goes when I am asleep?
 

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All I know is that with my other 2 kids I followed that rule...no laying on your back rule. With this pg, the hip pain is unbearable some nights that I resort to back sleeping, and the baby and I are doing just fine.
 

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With my first pregnancy, I was unable to comfortably lie in any position but on my left side for the last several months. If lying on your back were a problem for you, trust me, you'd know!
 

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It seems like all the professionals have so many differing opinions. I've heard that some docs say don't sleep on your back. Some say it's okay. My midwife and chiropractor both say it's okay. What my mw says specifically is to try sleeping on my side, but if I wake up and find myself on my back, don't worry about it. Both my chiro and mw say that my body will find the position that suits it the best.<br><br>
Personally, I don't worry about it. I think about the history of human beings, of all the women who became pregnant and had babies throughout the centuries....before doctors, midwives, chiropractors, scientific studies, medical literature, etc. what did pregnant women do? Did they sleep on their backs? I'm sure a lot did. And I'm sure a lot, if not most of them, had healthy babies too.<br><br>
After I gave birth to my first child, I realized how much wisdom my body has. It just "knows" what to do....so I go to sleep on my side, but if I wake up and find I'm lying on my back, it doesn't bother me.
 

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I'm at 32 weeks now, and occasionally find myself on my back in sleep. All the advice I've gotten about it is that I shouldn't jump up quick or my legs might prove wobbly due to the blood flow issue. They haven't warned about any hazards to the wee one. I trust that peanut will bang around in there to get comfortable, (much like it is doing right now as I squish it in the chair) I noticed last night when I got up, to pee, of course, that legs were tender, but heck, that could just be normal sleep or the wild come-and-go bloating that happens these days.
 
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