Best Sleeping Position During Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping positions may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons that cause this new discomfort, but there are some sleeping positions that you can try that may help you get your much needed rest.

Why Am I So Uncomfortable In My Normal Sleeping Positions?

When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes. These changes tend to disrupt your usual peaceful slumber.

Reasons may include:

  • Increased size of abdomen
  • Back pain
  • Heartburn
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insomnia

What Are The Best Sleep Positions During Pregnancy?

The best sleep position during pregnancy is “SOS” (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs.

If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.

If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath; try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.

These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them out and you may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night and rotating positions is fine.

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What Sleep Positions During Pregnancy Should I Avoid?

Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).

Sleeping on your stomach: When you are farther along in your pregnancy, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.

 

5 Pregnant Womens Turn Their Bellies Into Cool Art

Sara Blakely, the woman behind Spanx, joins TODAY to explain the meaning behind “The Belly Art Project,” as well as her motivation to have moms put artwork on their pregnant bellies live on the Plaza.

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Just before her son was born, Spanx founder Sara Blakely woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to turn her pregnancy belly into a canvas. In the morning, she decided to follow through. “I want[ed] to give my husband a creative baby gift; I want[ed] to capture the moment in time with my belly in an out-of-the-box, lighthearted way; and I want[ed] my son to have these pictures as a keepsake in his baby book,” Blakely explains in the book. She later decided to see if other women would want to do the same for a good cause.

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JOY CHO, DESIGNER AND BLOGGER OF OH JOY!

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ANNA GORDON, BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER PILOT, US ARMY (RETIRED), PHOTOGRAPHER

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