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I remember being told not to sleep on my back during my last pregnancy. I guess it has to do with the weight of the uterus slowing blood in some vein on the back. Anyway...anyone know when this becomes a problem? I am only 16 weeks and not too big yet. Can I still sleep safely on my back?<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I remember being told not to sleep on my back during my last pregnancy. I guess it has to do with the weight of the uterus slowing blood in some vein on the back. Anyway...anyone know when this becomes a problem? I am only 16 weeks and not too big yet. Can I still sleep safely on my back?<br><br>
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The way I see it is that my body will tell me when it is no longer comfortable sleeping thta way. For now I will sleep any way I can get some Z's.
 

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ditto. although i have beenwondering the same
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The way I see it is that my body will tell me when it is no longer comfortable sleeping thta way. For now I will sleep any way I can get some Z's.</div>
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Yes, this. I am a back sleeper for the most part and through all of my pregnancies I slept on my back a lot, even at the very end. I didn't always stay on my back because I would get uncomfortable and switch to my side. My body would let me know when I needed to change.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The way I see it is that my body will tell me when it is no longer comfortable sleeping thta way. For now I will sleep any way I can get some Z's.</div>
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Yes. Last time I knew it was time to side sleep when I noticed my legs would get tingly from laying on my back. Your body will tell you when it's time to switch.
 

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You uterus presses on the inferior vena cava. This is the main vein returning blood to your heart.<br><br>
It's best to sleep on your side at this point.
 

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I've been wondering this too. My hips hurt if I sleep on my side and I wake up all night to keep flipping over so that's not working. The past few nights I've been putting a smooshy feather pillow under one side of my back/butt so I'm tilted to the side a little but still mostly on my back. It's working good so far.<br><br>
I've woken up a few times on my stomach thinking "WHAT am I laying on??". Poor baby smashed all night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I read 18 weeks... but I still end up on my back much of the time. I'm only really comfy on my back or right side, and we're supposed to sleep on our left side. My mom said she was never told how to sleep. She just slept however was comfortable, and we came out fine. My doctor hasn't even mentioned it actually. I need to remember to ask her how big a deal it is next time I see her.
 

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dachshund mom - try putting a pillow between your knees if you want to sleep on your side; it will help keep your pelvis in line.<br><br>
as far as the back sleeping goes, your body will let you know when it's not good anymore. i can still lay on my back (at 20 weeks) for about 45 minutes before i need to change positions (but that's what works for me).
 

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I have been sleeping on my side but I'm wondering if anyone knows if it's ok to sleep on your back a little propped up with pillows? I get acid reflux and it helps to be elevated a bit -- so technically I'd be on my back but I wonder if sitting up a bit would take pressure off the vena cava? Anyone know?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">dachshund mom - try putting a pillow between your knees if you want to sleep on your side; it will help keep your pelvis in line.<br></div>
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Ahh, so that's why you see pictures of pregnant ladies with pillows between their legs. Duh. I'll try it.<br><br>
Has anyone invented a bed with a big hole cut out of it yet? Now that would be comfortable. I tried to make one with couch cushions but my back wouldn't stay straight. First thing after the baby comes - lay on stomach. Second thing - drink a diet coke.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Has anyone invented a bed with a big hole cut out of it yet? Now that would be comfortable. I tried to make one with couch cushions but my back wouldn't stay straight. First thing after the baby comes - lay on stomach. Second thing - drink a diet coke.</div>
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Believe it or not: <a href="http://www.fastfurnishings.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=GA_MB2002T" target="_blank">http://www.fastfurnishings.com/Produ...ode=GA_MB2002T</a><br><br>
LOL!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">First thing after the baby comes - lay on stomach.</div>
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Yeah, that's what I thought...until the engorged boobs hit the cushion. Ouch! Count on *not* laying on your stomach for a few weeks, at least!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, that's what I thought...until the engorged boobs hit the cushion. Ouch! Count on *not* laying on your stomach for a few weeks, at least!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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I was very disappointed when I discovered that last time. I was more than ready for tummy sleeping right after DS was born. Oh, boob pain, how I do not miss thee.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, that's what I thought...until the engorged boobs hit the cushion. Ouch! Count on *not* laying on your stomach for a few weeks, at least!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Actually with all the side-laying nursing I did (after I discovered it at about 1 month pp!!) and worrying about rolling over on him as an infant, I rarely slept on my tummy, until a few months ago, and I missed it dearly!<br><br>
At this point, if you're concerned about laying on your back, you can use lots of pillows, as others have suggested. I still can't believe how many pillows we ended up with by the end of my first pregnancy!!! When laying on my side, I keep a pillow or two behind me along my back and also a pillow between my legs. I do still lay on my back sometimes, and I'll be 20 weeks tomorrow, but I try to limit it.<br><br>
I've also found a way to sort of lay on my front, while still on my side. I keep a pillow under my head and (if laying toward the left) keep my left leg straight and a pillow under my bent right leg. My left arm is either under or behind me, depending on which feels more comfortable. This probably won't last more than another month or so, but it's satisfies my wanting to lay on my front...for now.
 

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I asked the MW about this and she said as long as it is comfortable, it is fine. But later on even something as small as a folded towel under one hip is enough to shift the weight of your uterus and make it better.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have been sleeping on my side but I'm wondering if anyone knows if it's ok to sleep on your back a little propped up with pillows? I get acid reflux and it helps to be elevated a bit -- so technically I'd be on my back but I wonder if sitting up a bit would take pressure off the vena cava? Anyone know?</div>
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Sitting up a bit definitely takes the pressure off of the vena cava. As long as you're slightly elevated, you're fine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I asked the MW about this and she said as long as it is comfortable, it is fine. But later on even something as small as a folded towel under one hip is enough to shift the weight of your uterus and make it better.</div>
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I can just see my chiropractor's face if I mentioned that towel idea to him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He is crazy about stuff like that! He reprimands my dh for his wallet in his back pocket all the time...a towel under a hip would throw him into a panic probably.
 

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I tend to think that it's fine as long as you are comfortable. If you were to start feeling light headed or dizzy, or it just becomes too hard to breath, then switch to sleeping on your side. And for me, more pillows is *always* better when I do have to switch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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