Back Sleeping

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Nick - June 21

Why are we not supposed to sleep on our backs? There are so few comfortable sleep positions left and I seem to find myself on my back quite often at night. I usually turn because I feel guilty. I can't remember why we are not supposed to sleep that way.

 

SARAH - June 21

I was told that sleeping on your back cuts off the oxygen and blood flow to mother and baby. It's not a big deal if you roll onto your back in the night, but do try to switch positions (turn onto your left side). I find at 36 weeks it's really uncomfortable to lie on my back anyway. I figure it can't be that bad, since they perform ultrasounds and check-ups with us on our backs?!?

 

Kara - June 22

I read an article written by an obstetrician saying not sleeping on your back is a part myth generated from the fact that it's not a good idea to labour on your back as it suppresses the artery that runs down supplying blood to your legs and uterus. But although this is the case during labour when your body is under huge amount of stress she said if your comfortable on your back and it doesn't make you feel faint, then sleeping or resting like that during pregnancy is fine, unless you've been told you have a high risk pregnancy and don't have good circulation. I alternate between my sides and back during the night.

 

Kara - June 22

P.S That was an article on the ivilliage pregnancy website if you want to check it for yourself. :-)

 

Nick - June 22

I was just thinking that it can't be bad if they make you lay on your back throughout the labor.

 

Nichole - June 22

Hello...I read in my "what to expect when you are expecting" book that we are not to sleep on our back b/c it puts pressure on our vital organs-doctors confirmed this for me so least say I have not slept on my back for the last 7 months~

 

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