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Sleep on your side when the baby’s inside

Sleep On Your Side When The Baby’s Inside - Pregnancy - 2024

Sleep on your side when the baby’s inside 💤

The best sleeping position for pregnant women is the left lateral position as it reduces the pressure exerted by the uterus on the inferior vena cava leading to increased cardiac output > more blood, oxygen and nutrients available for your baby.

Avoid sleeping on your back or on your belly as this exerts direct pressure on your blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood available to your baby and restricting their oxygen supply.

It is recommended to sleep on your side from 28 weeks. This includes going to sleep at night, day time naps and going back to sleep after waking up.

Don’t worry if you wake up on your back, changing positions during sleep is normal. The fact that you woke up in the first place is probably your body’s way of telling you to change positions or to go to the toilet for the 108030 time. 😁

Once you wake up just flip back to your side and don’t give it another thought. The important thing to remember is to make an effort to start every sleep in a side-lying position, even if sleeping on the back is preferred.

Tips to get comfier when Pregnant

🌙  Use lots of pillows. Try crossing one leg over the other and putting one pillow between them and another pillow behind your back.

🌙  Try using a wedge-shaped pillow, peanut pillow or a full-body pregnancy pillow.

🌙  Imagine your pillow is a delicious life-sized croissant as shown above. Go one further and envisage yourself in the midst of Paris eating a baguette under the Eiffel tower.

Image by the amazing @vercitoc on Instagram

Do You Have Your Own Tips On How To Sleep Comfortably While Pregnant?

Share them with our other new moms in our comments below. 🙌

Originally posted 2021-03-03 13:51:09.


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  1. What if your hips hurt you need to change sides very often throughout the night? 😢 I start on the left but flip countless times during the night.

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  3. This always stressed me out. It was so uncomfortable on my sides (my hips hurt sooo bad) so I was constantly moving around.. I’d stress out I wasn’t laying right. 🥴

  4. I just slept on my belly the whole way through was never uncomfortable and never caused any issues 🤷🏻‍♀️

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