Sleeping During Pregnancy

Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

As your pregnancy progresses and your
uterus gets bigger, you may find it harder to get comfortable in bed. Early on in
pregnancy, you can sleep on your stomach. Over time, that position can become
uncomfortable. But it’s OK to sleep on your stomach if it is comfortable. Lying on
your
back is not advised because of pressure on the inferior vena cava. That is a major
vein
that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. The increased pressure on the
back and
intestines can also cause discomfort.

The best sleeping position during
pregnancy is on your side. The left side is especially good because it lets the most
blood
flow to the baby. It also improves your kidney function. One choice is to place a
pillow
between your knees and one under your belly (abdomen). This can create enough of a
tilt to
help you sleep more comfortably on your side. You might also find it helpful to put
a
pillow behind your back for extra support. Talk with your healthcare provider if you
have
any questions or concerns about sleeping positions during your pregnancy.