Here's something to expect when you're expecting: hearing the phrase "Sleep while you can" repeated by every person you meet for 40 weeks. For pregnant mothers, that's easier said than done — especially if they're fond of sleeping on their backs or bellies. Currently, many doctors tell pregnant women to sleep exclusively on their left sides at night. But why? What's so bad about resting on the right or snoozing in a supine position? Turns out, there's a good medical reason for it, and it involves an unseen Tetris game happening inside every pregnant woman's belly.
7 Important Sleeping Tips During The Third Trimester Of Pregnancy
7 Important Sleeping Tips During Third Trimester
Women are accustomed to sleeping in whatever position feels most comfortable and familiar to them, but that tends to change in pregnancy. Not only do some moms-to-be experience tender breasts, frequent urination, heartburn, back pain, shortness of breath, or bouts of insomnia, but an ever-expanding midsection can make it very difficult to find and settle on a comfortable sleeping posture. Making slumber even more challenging: Some sleeping positions may not be as safe for pregnant women and the growing fetus as others. To help you and your baby stay healthy—and maximize your sleep in the months ahead—use this guide to help you identify the best possible sleeping position during pregnancy. Video production in partnership with. Sleeping on Your Back.
Pregnant women 'should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester'
Your body will now find ways to deal with the plethora of changes happening internally. You may be intrigued to know, that your sleeping position during pregnancy third trimester is actually very crucial; mostly because your tummy is now growing larger to accommodate your growing baby. It is believed that during throughout your pregnancy, sleeping on your left side is probably the best. It allows perfect passage of blood and nutrients to your baby. At the same time, this position also keeps you from feeling all the undesirable symptoms of pregnancy.
Are you a back, side or stomach sleeper? To prevent blocking blood flow to baby, experts recommend sleeping on your left side during pregnancy. Not your favorite sleep position? Between 15 and 20 weeks gestation, the uterus starts becoming large enough to interfere with blood flow when you sleep on your back. It can compress the inferior vena cava IVC , a large vein that runs up the right side of your vertebral column and carries deoxygenated blood from the lower and middle body to the heart.