Sleeping position during pregnancy

Do you have a fave sleeping position?  I do!  I love sleeping on my right side and not so much on my back.  Apparently, the effects of sleeping on a fave side can also show through your face.  My beautician once commented that the right side of my face is ‘flatter’ than my left.  I guess sleeping on the right did flatten my face.

When pregnant, it can get quite uncomfortable sleeping on the back for prolonged period.  So I went researching the best sleeping position during pregnancy and here’s what I found on Baby Center.

Sleeping on your side is best while you’re pregnant. In particular, sleeping on your left side may benefit your baby by improving blood flow – and therefore nutrients – to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body, which in turn reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands.

It’s a good idea to start training yourself early in pregnancy to sleep on your left side whenever you can. Of course, staying in one position all night isn’t likely to be comfortable, so turning from side to side while favoring your left side is probably the best strategy.

As for sleeping on your back, avoid that position throughout pregnancy, especially in the later months. Here’s why: When you’re sleeping on your back, the weight of your uterus lies on the spine, back muscles, intestines, and major blood vessels. This can lead to muscle aches and pains, hemorrhoids, and impaired circulation, which is uncomfortable for you and can reduce circulation to your baby.

Back sleeping can make blood pressure drop, causing some expectant moms to experience dizziness. On the other hand, in some moms-to-be it can make blood pressure go up.

Finally, back sleeping can cause snoring and, with increased weight, could lead to sleep apnea.

Just thought I list this down in case I forget and start slipping back to my fave side.  🙂

Since we are on the topic of sleep, friends have shared that this will be a precious commodity!  When Bun arrives, I will never look at sleep the same way again.  So am taking their advice and doing all I can to cherish sleep for now.


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