Sleeping Trouble

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KCroci - May 24

I'm nearly 6 weeks pregnant with my first child. I have read that I should start sleeping on my left side with a body pillow since it helps the developement of the baby. As a former stomach sleeper, I'm having a lot of difficulty sleeping on my side. Any suggestions that could help?


Ddvinson3 - May 24

My midwife said that you don't have to be all the way on your side. She's says it's a lot better if you just stick a pillow or a rolled up towel under your right side just to tilt you over on your left. And I find that a lot more comfortable. But trust me it gets worse I just started having trouble about a week ago and I'm 22 weeks. SO good luck to you!


angie m - May 24

I have had three babys and I too am a stomach sleeper. I continued to sleep on my tummy until it got to big to do so. I too was told to sleep on my left side but found it so hard. I would start out on my left side but would never stay that way. My babys all turned out fine even though I almost never slept on my left side, but they do say you should so you should try what Ddvinson suggested and see if it helps. If I ever have more I will try it out and see if it is comfortable. Congrats on your pregnancy and good luck.


KCroci - May 24

Thanks very much Ddvinson and angie - I appreciate your advice.


CaliTrish - May 24

I've never heard that your sleeping position can affect the baby's development. I have heard you shouldn't sleep on your back because as your pregnancy progresses the weight of the placenta and the baby rests on the largest vein in your abdomen (vena cava) which could affect your blood pressure. Sleeping on your stomach will just become uncomfortable as it gets larger but won't hurt the baby. My hospital does suggest sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and behind you. They also recommend not doing exercises that have you lie on your back from more than three minutes after your 16th week. I still haven't mastered the side sleeping as I normally sleep on my back. At 20 weeks, I toss from side to side all night long.


krc - May 24

the development of your baby has nothing to do with how you sleep. As for sleping on your side...that is meant for when you're in your 2nd to 3 rd trimester when the pressure of your uterus on your spine makes you uncomfortable while laying on your back.


krc - May 24

oh yeah..I am 30 weeks and it doesn't matter if I try to fall asleep on my left side. It's all uncomfortable no matter what!!!!! I toss and turn ALL NIGHT LONG !!!


sonyab - May 25

i can sleep to the side but right side only, i also find the left uncomfotable, and i like the right i then cuddle my hubby in front on me, and it's very comfortable. is the right side still ok?


Chris23 - May 25

I am also a tummy sleeper but have had to adjust because my b___bs are so sore!



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