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How to sleep during pregnancy?
Are you pregnant? Lying in bed, and can’t get to sleep? Well, unfortunately that’s one of the common side effects of pregnancy – difficulty in sleeping.
Well, does it matter as you’ve been sleeping your whole life? It actually does. During pregnancy, sleeping position makes a lot of difference, as some sleeping positions may not be safe for you or your baby. As your belly begins to grow, starting about anywhere from the 4th to the 5th month, your protruded belly is going to make it difficult for you to lie on your belly. You have to make sure that you’re sleeping either on your back or on your side.
Sleeping positions during early stages of pregnancy
During the first trimester, there is no restriction in respect of pregnant woman’s sleeping position. The expecting mother can sleep in any positions in which she feels comfortable, even on her belly or on her back.
In the second trimester, doctors advise pregnant women to sleep on the left, however, she may still sleep on her back. It is unlikely that she could sleep on her stomach at this stage as this position will be uncomfortable for the mother, and also harmful both for her and for the future baby.
Sleeping on your back is safe during the early stages of pregnancy. Once the belly becomes visible, you can no longer sleep on your stomach or back. So, once you hit about five to six months, it is better that you sleep on your side. It increases the blood flow to the baby, through the placenta.
So, in the first trimester, a pregnant woman can sleep in any position she wants, which can allow her to sleep normally as long as she finds the position comfortable. But if you already know that you are pregnant, you have to gradually become accustomed to sleep in other positions, which are recommended for the last trimesters of pregnancy.
Sleeping position during last trimester of pregnancy
Sleeping on your back is physiologically possible after the 28th week of pregnancy, but it is not safe for both the mother and the child. If you’re lying flat on your back, that big bloated uterus will put pressure on the blood vessels that bring the blood to the heart. As the heart is trying to push the blood out, it’s not as good as it will not allow much blood flow to the baby.
That is the reason why during the third trimester, doctors strongly recommend pregnant women not to sleep on her belly or on her back. This can even be dangerous for the fetus and could lead to negative consequences.
So, it is better you always sleep on your side after about twenty weeks; that improves baby’s blood circulation and helps you too, as you won’t get dizzy. If you lie flat on your back during your later stages of pregnancy, you could feel dizzy and lose consciousness for the same reason.
During the last trimester, you have the choice for two sleeping positions – on the right or on the left side. Theoretically, however, sleeping on the left side is more beneficial to the health of both mother and baby. But few can sleep all night in the same position. This is impractical and not really necessary. Therefore, most doctors will advise a pregnant woman to change position 3-5 times per night: from one side to another.