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Is that really bad?<br><br>
Usually at least once a night, (either when I wake up for a potty break, or just when I wake up in the morning), I'm sleeping on my back. I go to sleep on my side, but I move around in my sleep.<br><br>
Also, do I need to be sleeping on my left side only? I had a friend who strictly slept on her left side. Her husband would even check on her, to make sure she was on the left. Is it really important?<br><br>
My CNM just said, don't sleep on your back after 20ish weeks, and left is better than right.
 

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Sleep on whatever side is comfortable at the moment, because nothing is comfortable for too long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
As far as laying on your back, have no fear. You will wake up and roll over anyway because the weight of your baby will make it impossible to tolerate for too long!<br>
Please don't frighten yourself into getting no sleep! That would be worse than spending a few minutes on your back.
 

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It's funny I NEVER sleep on my back but when I was pregnant I seemed to constantly wake up on my back. No harm done. Get all the sleep you can now!
 

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I'm 28 weeks and still wake up on my back, sometimes it's the most comfortable position. My CNM said it's a-ok as long as it is comfortable, at some point it might not be. A bed is generally softer and curves with your body some so I don't worry about it. As far as the left side - I tried this for awhile and I lost sleep over it as I'd wake up and panic that I was in some other position. (Plus my poor left shoulder was starting to hurt from laying on it all the time!)<br><br>
If I remember correctly, there was a study done that showed that blood flow to the uterus is better when sleeping on the left versus right. I think that's great and I'll start out in that position but after that wherever I am is just fine!
 

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Simply put: it doesn't matter. Your body will let you know (as it does when it isn't pregnant) if you are in a poor position.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If sleeping only on your left side during pregnancy was really the *only* good position, humans would be long extinct.</div>
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For many thousands of years, women have been sleeping in the way that is most comfortable for them.<br><br>
Moden maternity care especially in North America will give you a list of rules you need to follow, so you can have a healthy baby and need not worry about trouble. Of course, it will not stop trouble, but at least if you follow the rules you will have no guilt (they say).<br><br>
One you have a baby and child, they will give you rules that will make sure you will raise a healthy productive well adjusted child.<br><br>
Best to break free now. Sleep on your right side. Eat blue cheese or unpasteurized honey. Live dangerously.
 

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My gosh, I take sleep however I can get it, lol.
 

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I'm 32 weeks and I still frequently wake up on my back. In fact, sometimes I choose that position while lying in bed because of aches caused by always lying on my left side (though I tend to tuck a pillow under one cheek so I'm not totally flat)<br><br>
I used to worry about it but then I figured that if it were really such a bad thing my body would let me know, and the stress from worrying is probably worse for me than lying on my back is. These days if I find a comfortable position in bed I'm keeping it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm 32 weeks and I still frequently wake up on my back. In fact, sometimes I choose that position while lying in bed because of aches caused by always lying on my left side (though I tend to tuck a pillow under one cheek so I'm not totally flat)</div>
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I am 35 weeks and this is totally true for me too. I will tuck my body pillow under me so that I can rest my back on it the way I would if I were lying flat but I am still mostly leaning left. I totally identity with the OP, I always wonder how seriously I should take the idea of sleeping only on the left but you know with an engaged head between my legs I don't think I stay in any one position long enough to cause a significant benefit or detriment. I say take sleep where you can get it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For many thousands of years, women have been sleeping in the way that is most comfortable for them.<br><br>
Moden maternity care especially in North America will give you a list of rules you need to follow, so you can have a healthy baby and need not worry about trouble. Of course, it will not stop trouble, but at least if you follow the rules you will have no guilt (they say).<br><br>
One you have a baby and child, they will give you rules that will make sure you will raise a healthy productive well adjusted child.<br><br>
Best to break free now. Sleep on your right side. Eat blue cheese or unpasteurized honey. Live dangerously.</div>
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Amen!
 

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I'm 16 weeks tomorrow, and while it's still early I was concerned about my body's seeming NEED to sleep on its back! And the funny thing is, when I'm not pregnant I almost always sleep on my side. However, my loose joints, ligament pain, back ache, etc. have all made sleeping on my side very painful. I can only assume that it's the way it's meant to be, right? And reading the other posts have calmed my fears down a bit too. I guess the body knows what it's doing!
 

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This is reassuring.<br>
With my DS I always slept on my back - even at 40 weeks pregnant. Thats just how I liked it! lol... I am also now finding myself often on my back.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Simply put: it doesn't matter. Your body will let you know (as it does when it isn't pregnant) if you are in a poor position.</div>
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I don't think that is something you need to worry about- just sleep as you are comfortable.<br>
I find that I lie in every possible different position still and feel fine in it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For many thousands of years, women have been sleeping in the way that is most comfortable for them.<br><br>
Moden maternity care especially in North America will give you a list of rules you need to follow, so you can have a healthy baby and need not worry about trouble. Of course, it will not stop trouble, but at least if you follow the rules you will have no guilt (they say).<br><br>
One you have a baby and child, they will give you rules that will make sure you will raise a healthy productive well adjusted child.<br><br>
Best to break free now. Sleep on your right side. Eat blue cheese or unpasteurized honey. Live dangerously.</div>
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and also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that"><br><br>
I totally agree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think that advice has something to do with the possibility of the baby's weight cutting off the circulation of blood to your brain or heart or something.<br><br>
When I was about 27 weeks I did a weird back bend thing off the bed to try to reach something and did actually cut off the circulation somewhere in my back. Believe me, you will KNOW if this happens. My vision went black for a second and I quickly jerked to a different position, gasping for breath. I seriously doubt that you could sleep through something like that. It was like someone was choking me.<br><br>
I never experienced it from just laying on my back though. I think if you do it when you're awake and feel fine, you should be fine sleeping in that position.
 

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After my daughter was born and I had heard that it's safe to sleep how ever you want when pregnant as long as you are comforatable I was so mad. Seriously. I tried to sleep on my left side as much as possible and was always restless. Then I co-slept with her and was always sleeping on my side so there was room for her. All I dreamed of in life was to sleep on my back again! haha! Now I sleep how ever I want. It's lovely. You are fine.
 

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I agree with Ruby. My MW told me that the left side sleeping rule is because of the location of the vena cava and the potential for cut-off circulation. She said it only happens in a small percentage of women, and that you'd immediately know if their was a problem because you'd feel nauseous and have trouble breathing- she told me it would be impossible to sleep through this and that there's no need to worry...either you are in the majority of women and will have no issues, or you'll experience the symptoms and your body will let you know.
 

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Exactly! I get PO'd whenever I hear this advice to never sleep on your back or right side. Dammit, I'm sleeping wherever/whenever I can.
 
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