Pregnancy can bring about a lot of changes to the body, including sleepless nights. Finding a comfortable sleeping position as the baby puts pressure on the lower back, hips, and pelvis, can be challenging as your belly grows. There are ways to improve the quality of your sleep and alleviate pregnancy-related discomfort by trying different sleeping positions. Learn about different sleeping positions you can try while you’re pregnant that could alleviate your discomfort and catch some much-needed Z's.
Left-Side Sleeping Position
The left-side sleeping position is recommended as one of the best sleeping positions for pregnant women. This sleeping position helps with blood flow so that vital organs and your baby receive the nutrients and oxygen they need. It also helps to prevent indigestion and heartburn by keeping the stomach acid below the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter). To sleep on your left side, lie on that side with your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs and under your belly for support.
Right-Side Sleeping Position
The right-side sleeping position is also a safe position for pregnant women, although it is less popular than the left-side position. To sleep on the right side, lie on your right side with a pillow between your legs and under your belly.
Semi-Reclined Sleeping Position
The semi-reclined sleeping position is another option for pregnant women who experience back pain and/or swollen legs. This position allows the upper body to be elevated while the lower body remains flat or slightly inclined. It can provide relief and comfort by reducing the pressure on the lower back, hips, and legs. To sleep in this position, use a wedge pillow or roll up a few blankets and place them under your upper body.
Using Pillows for Support
For any sleeping position, extra pillows can help provide the support you need to get a good night's rest. There are many different pregnancy pillows to choose from such as a c-shaped, u-shaped, or wedge-shaped⎯all designed to support your back, belly, and hips.
There is no “right” position to sleep in while pregnant, as every woman's body and pregnancy experience is different. Listen to your body and find out which position best suits you. With many sleep positions for every stage of pregnancy, choose what works for you and consult your obstetrician if you have any questions.
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