Nov 27, 2012 - Problems    No Comments

How to Sleep During Pregnancy

I am used to sleep on my belly so when I know I will have a bump that will prevent me to sleep my way I’m getting worried. I tried so many times to sleep on my back at least, before I got pregnant, and it was frustrating. Once I lasted an hour or so, couldn’t fall asleep and decided to give up. I just remember turning on my belly and after that waking up in the morning.

I read that is best not to sleep on your back either, it can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby, the perfect position is on your side, left side is best because it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. But don’t stay in one position all night, you have to switch sides from time to time.

Some tricks that I did not try but read about are to keep your knees bent and put a pillow between your legs. For back pains you have to add another pillow under your belly. For your heartburn you can support your upper body with pillows and you can also try this for shortness of breath.

Some recommend a pregnancy pillow but others say that having enough pillows propping your back and one between your legs is enough and you can save some money not buying that. I will try the pillow advice tonight. Better try everything now when I still have some time.

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