What is the Best Sleeping Position While Pregnant?

“Sleeping like a baby” as they say is difficult when pregnant. I remember to use pillows to support my back, and I toss and wrestle in bed before sleeping to find the right position that makes me comfortable. What’s the best sleeping position when pregnant?

The bigger my tummy is, the harder it is to fall asleep and relax. It’s impossible to rest and take a nap when tender breasts and growing belly gets in the way. With all the twists and turns, I finally found the position that I longed for.

I know that sharing it will be a big help for you.

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What causes sleeping discomfort when pregnant?

It’s unfortunate to know that your usual favorite position when sleeping is no longer applicable when you’re pregnant. With the body changes pregnancy brings, the difficulty to adjust on certain discomforts maybe hard especially for first-time moms. There are several reasons why a normal sleeping position does not work anymore.

The gradual growth of your belly

As the fetus grows inside you, you will find the increasing size of your abdomen getting in the way of your usual routines like walking, sitting and sleeping.

The gradual growth of your belly

Back pains/Leg Cramps

Along with the increase of belly size also comes the weight. The additional weight creates strain in your back causing back pains. The pain is more noticeable at the end of the day.

Heartburn

With the expanding uterus, it forces the acid into the esophagus resulting in heartburn. Therefore, it’s best to control your food intake at night and avoid spicy food.

Shortness of Breath/Movement of the baby

Your heart works double time when you are pregnant. This causes shortness of breath particularly at the start of the second trimester.

Insomnia

With all of the above, it hinders you to sleep properly. Besides, there is the urge to vomit and the frequent visit to the toilet that disrupts a good night sleep.

What is the best sleeping position while pregnant?

There are several sleeping positions that you can try to keep yourself comfortable even with a big belly. You need to try each of them and find out what suits you most. For me, my best position to relax when lying down is “SOS” (sleep on side).

You may like to sleep on the right side, but doing so on the left side is more beneficial for your baby. Sleeping on the left side will increase the supply of blood and nutrients that reach to the placenta that serves as the baby’s nourishing support. You may start familiarizing yourself with the SOS position when you are still on the first trimester or even before conceiving.

I sleep with my knees bent and with a pillow between my legs. Pillows are a significant help in finding the best position for sleeping well. Investing in a mattress for pregnant women is highly recommended too. I also suggest that you wear loose and soft nightdress that is of breathable cotton cloth.

Use the SOS position while placing another pillow under your belly. This will be a quick remedy for back pains and shortness of breath. Then support your upper body with pillows when you are suffering from heartburns.

It is on the third trimester when sleeping starts to become challenging. At first, the pillows are quite annoying when it occupies the space in the bed. Using them are not all the time comfortable, but it works.

You can change position anytime during the night. If you find it easy to sleep when sleeping on the sofa, you can do so. For your information, there are available pillow designs that have curves to aid women during pregnancy.

Sleeping positions you need to avoid.

  • Remember that you must avoid sleeping on your back at all cost. The said position can contribute to worsening your back pains, breathing problems, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, and other medical problems. It makes you feel nausea, and it hinders the supply of nutrients for the fetus.
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    This is also true with sleeping on your stomach. With the big tummy and the fetus movement, you will find it hard to lie down in comfort. It is not possible!

Conclusion

It’s not only the sleeping position that matters to have a good night sleep when pregnant. I admit to exercising a bit before bedtime to warm up and relax. My best sleeping position while pregnant may differ from yours. However, as long as your favorite position does not cause more pain after and won’t harm the baby, go ahead, sleep comfortably.

I hope I helped you in giving solutions in finding a way to sleep well. Don’t worry; it won’t last forever. Once you see your baby for the first time, you’ll know that it’s all worth it!

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Sarah Palmer
 

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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