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So is it okay to lay on your back??
because i'm reading a pregnancy book that says something about it cutting off the circulation to the baby or something like that. and then my sister in law said that it can make your baby "slow"..??? i will be 4 months on monday. i was just wondering because to me it feels good to lay on my back. but i've been tryin to lay on my sides cuz that book said that lol....
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replied June 1st, 2008
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You will start to feel uncomfertable sleeping on your backif it's cutting off any circulation. At four months, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

I get so unomferable at night that it frustrates me beyone words sometimes. I wish I could get a pregnancy body pillow. The wrap around ones don't look too comfertable.

I used to be perfectly content with laying on my side. The thing it the baby likes to lay on whatever side I'm laying on, and whenever I move, she ends up moving a few moments later. Sometimes she gets herself into positions that are very umcomfertable for me. . . like right up against my bladder or my stomach.

Somehow I manage to sleep and wake up in some strange positions. However, the sleep usually isn't as restful and plentiful as I would like. Smile
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replied June 4th, 2008
okay thank you. i'll probably do it until it gets uncomfortable to lay on my back. So how far along are you? so your having a girl?
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replied June 7th, 2008
Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).

I found that on a website^^ Its usually hard for me to get comfortable too. Im 19 weeks. I usually end up falling asleep on my right side because for some reason my ribcage bothers me when i lay on my left side. If I sleep on my back I wake up short of breath, and sometimes this happens when I sleep on my right side too. I think its fine to sleep on your back as long as you dont feel uncomfortable. Your body will tell you when you need to change positions.
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replied June 17th, 2008
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I also will be 4 months monday, and I think its more of a discomfort to lay on your back/stomach then anything else
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replied June 18th, 2008
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Amethyst_Butterfly wrote:
I also will be 4 months monday, and I think its more of a discomfort to lay on your back/stomach then anything else


It isn't more of a discomfort thing. You are laying on a major aorta that supplies blood to the baby and your lower extremities. It is advised pregnant women sleep on their left side to promote blood flow.
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replied June 18th, 2008
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Amethyst_Butterfly wrote:
I also will be 4 months monday, and I think its more of a discomfort to lay on your back/stomach then anything else


It isn't more of a discomfort thing. You are laying on a major aorta that supplies blood to the baby and your lower extremities. It is advised pregnant women sleep on their left side to promote blood flow.

Really? I thought it was just because it was uncomfortable. But that makes sense.
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replied June 19th, 2008
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Amethyst_Butterfly wrote:

Really? I thought it was just because it was uncomfortable. But that makes sense.[/quote]

No, there is an actual medical reason for not laying on your back. Talk to your doctor about it at your next appointment if you want to know more. This is also in nearly every pregnancy book out there.
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replied June 19th, 2008
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Amethyst_Butterfly wrote:
Ingi wrote:
Amethyst_Butterfly wrote:
I also will be 4 months monday, and I think its more of a discomfort to lay on your back/stomach then anything else


It isn't more of a discomfort thing. You are laying on a major aorta that supplies blood to the baby and your lower extremities. It is advised pregnant women sleep on their left side to promote blood flow.

Really? I thought it was just because it was uncomfortable. But that makes sense.


My motto during pregnancy

"you can't always follow a book."

You only stress yourself out, now it is really hard or it does become uncomfortable it is not always possible to sleep on your side.

Anyways i will leave it at that...Everything in moderation
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replied June 19th, 2008
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diamondsz wrote:

My motto during pregnancy

"you can't always follow a book."

You only stress yourself out, now it is really hard or it does become uncomfortable it is not always possible to sleep on your side.

Anyways i will leave it at that...Everything in moderation


This is true but people should also be informed about why things are suggested. Such as laying on your back or not eating deli meats and soft cheeses while pregnant.

You can't always follow a book, but it being ignorant to the facts isn't appropriate either. Wink
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replied July 1st, 2008
i still lay on my back and i'm in my 6th month! my doc said it's ok as long as nothing goes numb! and that if i feel any numbness i should roll over to my left side!
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replied November 7th, 2011
My husband is a medic and he said that it can cut off the blood supply to the baby :0 I slept on my back until I was like 7 months pregnant because I didn't know I wasn't suppose to and my son has developmental delays.
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replied November 7th, 2011
My husband is a medic and he said that it can cut off the blood supply to the baby :0 I slept on my back until I was like 7 months pregnant because I didn't know I wasn't suppose to and my son has developmental delays.
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replied November 13th, 2012
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You can lie on your back with a pillow/wedge cushion or something under your right hip, this will prevent you from putting pressure on your aorta (major artery that runs from your brain to your baby).
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replied August 28th, 2013
At 32 wks I would say the odd time I have tried to lay in my back even watching television let alone sleeping my thighs have gone numb after about 30 mins at which point I've known to not keep atempting this possition.
I too love sleeping in my back but wen I consider & read about even possible risks to my baby, as a mother my decision is instantly made not to increase any risk to her whatsoever. I recommend using advice in books as its based on research!
Best of luck fellow left side sleepers (however uncomfortable it is, baby comes 1st!) Wink)
Xx
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