Getting comfortable in bed during pregnancy can be a difficult task. This might be particularly so for those expectant Mums whose favourite position has always been lying tummy-down.
If you are planning on switching to your back, you might be asking the all important question about sleeping positions during pregnancy – is it safe to sleep on your back during pregnancy?
Many experts will advise that it is generally safe to sleep on your back during the first trimester, however would advise against sleeping on your back during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. When you lie on your back, the weight of your expanding uterus presses on the vena cava; the major vein that carries blood from your lower body region back to your heart. If you are lying on your back for an extended period and compress this major vein, then it can interfere with your circulation.
Your circulation during pregnancy is important, not just for your own health but also to support the flow of blood to the placenta which affects your pregnancy.
When you lie on your back, the weight of your expanding uterus presses on the vena cava
If you wake up on your back during the night, try not to be alarmed – it is probably your body’s way of communicating to you that it’s time to switch positions.
If you have any concerns or particular questions about sleeping positions, be sure to talk to your doctor, OBGYN or specilaist.