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Sleeping on the stomach during pregnancy

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 Sleeping on the stomach during pregnancy

Sleeping on the stomach during pregnancy


During pregnancy, a woman may find herself turning around in bed trying to get some rest before going to bed. Unfortunately, normal pre-pregnancy sleeping positions may not work for women, especially prone sleepers, as women become unable to sleep as their abdomens increase. There are many reasons for this discomfort. Fortunately, some sleeping positions can help you rest.

Sleeping on the stomach during pregnancy

There is no problem with sleeping on your stomach at an early stage of pregnancy because the fetus is still small and has a pelvis that protects it, but as the pregnancy progresses, the abdomen becomes larger, becomes uncomfortable, and difficult to sleep on the stomach, and the most important thing is that it is beneficial for the fetus and dangerous, and what results About that from the stress on the fetus due to sleeping on the stomach. The mother's weight puts him at risk of miscarriage.

Causes of Sleep Discomfort During Pregnancy

  • increase in the size of the abdomen; This puts pressure on the woman because of the extra weight.
  • Back pain: especially when sleeping on it, with the weight of the fetus, this pain can develop.
  • Heartburn: When the uterus expands, it presses on the stomach, causing heartburn.
  • Shortness of breath: All that weight and pain a woman feels can cause shortness of breath.
  • Insomnia.

Proper ways to sleep during pregnancy

Sleeping on your side: This is one of the best sleeping positions during pregnancy, especially on the left side. It works by increasing the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and the baby, making the woman feel comfortable and protecting the baby at the same time.

Put a pillow between your legs when sleeping: especially when a woman suffers from back pain, as the pillow adjusts the sleeping position and relieves pressure on the back.

Sleep on your side with a pillow under your stomach. In this position, the pillow acts as a support for your stomach, thus reducing the weight of your stomach.

Elevate your feet: put some pillows under your legs; Women suffer from leg pain throughout pregnancy, which may lead to insomnia and difficulty sleeping, so by raising your feet, the pain goes away to some extent.

Situations to avoid during pregnancy

Situations to avoid during pregnancy

To protect both the mother and the fetus, it is important to avoid the following sleeping positions during pregnancy:

  • Sleeping on his back: increases his pain.
  • Sleep on your stomach. This is dangerous for both the fetus and the mother.
  • Raising the feet close to the abdomen: increases pressure on the fetus, making it uncomfortable.