Sleeping On Your Back

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T - August 3

All the pregnancy books advise against sleeping on your back, but my doctor said as long as I don't get dizzy that it is fine. Then I read an article yesterday that says it is a myth that you shouldn't sleep on your back. What has your doctor said? I'm almost 34 weeks.

 

Jl - August 3

My dr. said that if I'm uncomfortable, then the baby is uncomfortable. If I'm okay, then the baby is okay. I have absolutely no problem sleeping on my back, in fact that is where I'm most comfortable. I still start out on my left side, and when I wake up in the night, I turn back to my left side, but I am always waking up to find that I'm on my back again. I'm 29 weeks, and they dr. says the baby is perfect, so I'm not worried about it!

 

Amber M. - August 3

I wouldn't worry about it too much, but do try to sleep on your left side because the baby & you get the most oxygen on that side. I personally can't lay on my back, I feel like I can't breath & it hurts my back. Sometiimes i'll slleep half way on my back & half on my side or I wake up & am on my back so i roll over...so don't worry about it!

 

S. - August 3

my dr says you can sleep PROPPER up on pillows, but not flat on your back. your veins into your uterus get compressed if you sleep flat on your back.

 

S. (corrected post - typo!) - August 3

my dr says you can sleep *PROPPED* up on pillows, but not *flat* on your back. your veins into your uterus get compressed if you sleep flat on your back.

 

Patty - August 3

T, my Dr. also said that it is a Myth, you should be able to sleep on your back. I try to alternate on my sides and yet end up on my back when I wake up. Not to worry though! :)

 

Me - August 3

It's not a myth, it's very real. The thing is it's not as serious as people lead you to believe. It doesn't just happen and 'boom' the damage is done. You'll know when you need to get off your back. You'll become uncomfortable and feel faint.

 

Jodie - August 3

My sister in law has no choice but to lay on her back, shes 25 weeks pregnant with an incompetent cervix and has to remain completely flat on her back until bub is born. If it was really that dangerous they would find a better way to keep bub in

 

C - August 3

I get tired sleeping on either side so I do end up sleeping on my back at some point when asleep. However, I usually find a pillow on one side of me makes it more comfy. Sometimes when I really, really want to lie on my belly-- I go on all fours and do as low as my belly would allow. It feels great even for just 5 minutes. I can really tell some of my muscles missed it! :)). I flip myself on all directions as long as it feels good hehe. Thinking of my belly the whole time of course.

 

Kim - August 3

My Doctor said not to sleep on my back but my problem is that it's just so hard to sleep on my left side and it's keeping me up at night. I have wondered too if it's a myth but I am trying my best to sleep on my side. When I wake up on my back I am not uncomfortable at all and so from reading here, I guess it's okay if I turn during the night. I always try to go back to my side, though.

 

miranda - August 3

It probably varies from woman to woman. For me, if I lay on my back - like when I have to at the dr's office, I get dizzy, sweaty and nauseated. It's not fun at all. But if you feel find doing it, I'm sure it's not hurting anything.

 

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