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If you’re expecting a bundle of joy, you may feel overwhelmed with all the information available sleeping positions when you are pregnant. This article will break down the basic rules to care for your growing baby while getting a good night’s rest. This information is backed by years of medical research and is recommended by OB/GYNs to expecting mothers.
During your first trimester, there are generally no restrictions on your sleeping positions. However, once you know you’re expecting a little one, ask your doctor for recommendations regarding how to sleep during pregnancy in the first trimester.
Starting around the 20-week mark, approximately halfway through your pregnancy, doctors highly recommend transitioning to one sleeping position. Doctors recommend sleeping on your left side during these final months of pregnancy to increase nutrients and blood flow to your baby. This contributes to the healthy growth of your baby. It is a good idea to invest in a body pillow for this stage of pregnancy, as it will ensure your baby is safe and your body maintains its position throughout the night.
To protect yourself and your baby while getting a good night’s sleep, avoid these sleeping positions.
Stomach: Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended when in the final months of pregnancy. This can create complications for you and for baby.
Back: Sleeping on your back can create many issues during pregnancy such as backache, headache, digestive issues, constipation, and low blood circulation. Sleeping on your back can compress a major artery known as the Inferior vena cava. This artery carries deoxygenated blood to your heart. When the uterus expands with your growing baby, it can compress this artery and cause you to have a lower heart rate. This is good for neither you, nor your baby.
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