As if sleeping wasn’t already a pain while you are pregnant, now you may have to switch positions. We get this question all the time and unfortunately not many women are happy with the answer because it means they have to give up their cozy sleeping position. But the truth is, if you want to keep you and your baby in tip top health, it is best to sleep on your left side whenever you can. This helps improve blood flow, bringing nutrients to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys eliminate waste and water, which will bring down any swelling you are having. We know how hard it is to stay in one position or to even get comfortable sometimes. So if you need to switch it up that is okay but sleep on your sides and favor your left as much as possible.
And for all you back sleepers, sorry but you will have to give that up for the next nine months…but you will thank us because it will help reduce muscle aches and pains, hemorrhoids, and poor circulation. When you sleep on your back the weight of your uterus presses on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and major blood vessels which will make things extremely uncomfortable for you and the baby.
Don’t drive yourself crazy worrying that you might roll over onto your back during the night. Changing positions is a natural part of sleeping that you can’t control. Most likely, especially during your 3rd trimester, you won’t move to your back because it will be too uncomfortable anyway.
If getting comfortable is difficult, try experimenting with pillows. A lot of women find that it helps to place a pillow between their legs. There are special prenatal pillows on the market that may do just the trick.