In pregnancy we feel full in all aspects. Femininity exudes from every pore, and even more so when the belly starts to appear. However, the nights can start to get very long and uncomfortable with the progress of the pregnancy. Many women seek the best position for pregnant women to sleep due to the discomfort that the condition of the big belly provides. The best position for a pregnant woman to sleep may not be the same for all women, but certainly some of the ones I will suggest shortly will help you to have a less disturbed night’s sleep.
First let’s know why a pregnant woman’s night’s sleep tends to be so bad? There are some aspects that make the bed become a frying pan and you become a steak that keeps turning over forever.
The main one is the position of the stomach compared to the previous stage of non-pregnancy. The pregnant woman has all the major organs of the abdominal cavity relocated during pregnancy . Intestine, liver, heart and especially the stomach. These changes are gradual and slow, but at the end of the 8th month , the effects of this reallocation can be felt in all its fullness. With all the relocation, one of the organs that suffers the most is the lung! Which pregnant woman never felt short of breath?
The baby grows and along with it the uterus, which pushes all the other organs already mentioned and which in turn, compress the lung. Therefore, some pregnant women may be more comfortable in an almost sitting position. Thus, this compression relieves shortness of breath and all other symptoms. Speaking of position…
What is the best position for pregnant women to sleep?
Can’t a pregnant woman sleep on her back? You can, but even enter the second trimester of pregnancy! Do not forget that the weight of the belly and the baby can compress an important vein that carries oxygen and food to the baby through the blood flow.
In addition, the vena cava can also cause a greater feeling of discomfort when compressed. Feeling of shortness of breath and fainting in some situations. We can say, then, that belly up is not the best position for pregnant women to sleep , especially at the end of pregnancy.
However, the vast majority of tests require the pregnant woman to lie on her back for a few minutes (which may seem too long). Ultrasound , for example, but know that there are not so many risks if it is for a short time. If you feel bad, talk to the doctor, he will definitely help to change the position to improve the bad feeling.
Can you sleep on your stomach? You can, but like the belly-up position, up to just over the 4th month of pregnancy without problems. From then on, the baby is very large and may start to feel uncomfortable. Not because the mother is kneading the baby, remember that it is well protected in a bag of amniotic fluid that prevents any impact. If you ever wake up on your stomach, do not despair, it is not a problem for the health of the pregnancy or the baby.
From the side (right)
They say that this is not the best position for pregnant women to sleep. Like the belly-up position, this can also compress the vena cava of oxygenation. It can bring discomfort to the mother, and occasionally damage to the baby’s oxygenation. Therefore, this is a position to be avoided, but not abolished. Pregnant woman can lie on the right side, but not only on him.
From the side (left)
According to doctors, this is the best position for pregnant women to sleep! This position takes all the weight off the famous main vein. In addition, it can bring an extreme feeling of relaxation for mom.
Knowing all of this, it is also important to emphasize that some care is important for the pregnant woman who seeks a comfortable position to sleep. Use and abuse the pillows! Both on the head and between the knees .
Raising your head at night avoids two classic pregnancy problems: shortness of breath and reflux . Do you know that burning sensation that the pregnant woman feels? Unbearable heartburn? It can be solved with just correcting the posture at the time of sleep. The pillows between the knees balance the spine and thus reduce the pressure of the sciatic nerve and relieve pain in the legs and back.
But what about the baby? He also has a will of his own! Truth. Babies can be bothered by the position Mom is in! You may be lying on the right side, but the baby may not like it.
What to do in these cases? Slowly look for a way to stay that is not uncomfortable for both of you. It is a rather difficult task, because the baby’s kicks can affect the ribs, bladder and so on, but over time you will get the hang of it . At the end of pregnancy, when the baby is older, it is even more complicated, but know that this is the ideal time for you to rest.
As stated earlier, try until you are almost seated if this is the best position for you to rest. Know that this moment is uncomfortable, but fleeting, and can make you miss you a lot after delivery.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.