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Pregnant Sleeping Positions

Baby Bump: Sleeping on the Side

I typically like to sleep on my side, but also delight in the belly down position.

While pregnant, I snoozed on my tummy for as long as I could "stomach" it. It wasn't until about half way into my pregnancy that I was told to slumber on my left side.

To see why that is the case,


According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA):

Snoozing on your back can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby.

The APA recommends women sleep on their left side as the placenta and baby will benefit from the increased blood and nutrients allowed in this position.

Near the end of my pregnancy, the only way I could get some shut eye was to prop myself up in bed in a Lazy–Boy like posture. How did you rest best?

Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
I sleep however I am most comfortable at that moment. I am 26 weeks pregnant and if I use a body pillow can still lie semi on my stomach though most of the time I lay on my back. I do try to sleep on my side but often wake up having rolled onto my back. I credit my ability to get comfortable with my Sleep Number bed...I LOVE IT!!!!!!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I switch sides throughout the night. Sleeping on just the left side? too uncomfortable on the hips. With my 1st pregnancy I would sneak in some back lying as long as it was comfortable, but not for more than 5 minutes or so (then I'd start to get worried). With my last 2 pregnancies back sleeping was not comfortable after a certain point. I do like to lie on my stomach, so sometimes I nap a little frog style--my 2 year old reminded me of this position.
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
My doctor is really low key about all of this stuff and just said to sleep however I feel most comfortable. She said they used to tell people to sleep on the left but have since found that some babies naturally prefer the right side. She said if your baby wakes you up by moving/kicking when you are sleeping on one side versus the other, roll over and he'll usually calm down. I don't worry about any of this too much. I just roll over if I'm uncomfortable.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I am most comfortable on my left side. I remember with my last pregnancy I'd get up on my knees and prop my front end up with pillows. Wasn't laying down, but had to try to be face down.
honey693 honey693 9 years
I'm still sleeping on my stomach or my right side. I had no problem sleeping on my left side until about a week before I found out I was pregnant. Then it turned into the most uncomfortable position ever :/
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I normally always sleep on my left side for much of the night, but I swear the minute I got pregnant and was told to sleep on the left, all I wanted to do was sleep on the right! Or the back, which was suddenly really comfortable for me. Oy, it was so annoying. I spent half the night waking up on my right or back, freaking out, and flipping back to my left. But I have never been a tummy sleeper (it hurts my neck and back), so at least I didn't have that worry. In general, though, sleeping wasn't too big of an issue, so I can't complain too much.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The only time I've ever slept on my tummy is my first trimester. And I absolutely cannot sleep on my left side, it's impossible. With all three pregnancies, the doctors said to sleep however I was comfortable. It's generally uncomfortable to sleep on your back once you reach the point where it's advised not to anyway. I slept differently with each pregnancy. With my last one, I couldn't sleep on either side or flat on my back, so I propped myself up at an angle.
JeJaJa JeJaJa 9 years
When I was about three or four months along, I would usually start out the night on my left side and then prop myself up about halfway through the night. I could only sleep on the couch, too! We've since gotten a new mattress, so hopefully any future pregnancies will bring better sleep for me. :-)
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