While being pregnant, a lot of women struggle to find the right sleeping position in which they will feel comfortable and fall asleep easily. According to newest research, there are some recommendable sleeping positions during sleep whereas others should be avoided.
Why do pregnant women feel uncomfortable in their usual sleeping position?
When a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes a lot of changes which can make the usual, peaceful nap uncomfortable. Some of the main reasons why pregnancy leads to discomfort during sleep are increase of the abdomen, pain in the back, poor digestion, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, etc.
According to experts, this is the best sleeping position for pregnant women:
Sleeping on the side
Sleeping on the side, especially on the left one, increases the blood flow and the level of nutrients that reach the placenta and the baby. While in this position, bend the legs and knees and put a pillow between the legs. If you’re experiencing back pain, place a pillow under the abdomen and another one between the legs. If you’re struggling with poor digestion, prop up the upper body with a pillow. In late pregnancy, some women experience shortness of breath; in this case, lie on the side and use a pillow as a support. Since it’s not possible to remain in one position all night, changing positions is fine.
The sleeping positions that need to be avoided during pregnancy:
Sleeping on the back
Sleeping on the back in pregnancy may lead to pain in the back, breathing problems, poor digestion, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure, and drop in the circulation of blood to the heart and fetus. This is because the abdomen exerts more pressure on the intestine and the major blood vessels.
Sleeping on the stomach
The abdomen goes through numerous physical changes as the pregnancy progresses and it would become more and more challenging to lie down on the stomach and feel comfortable.