Bringing a new life into the world is a beautiful thing. But being pregnant isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Many women experience pain and discomfort during pregnancy, especially when they are trying to go to sleep. As it turns out, the position you sleep in while pregnant is important for you and your unborn child.
Positions to Avoid
Sleeping on your back while pregnant can cause backaches in addition to hemorrhoids and low blood pressure. This means that there will be less blood circulating to your heart and the baby. Some mothers who sleep on their backs also experience trouble breathing, especially as their bellies continue to grow. Some mothers who sleep on their backs also experience trouble breathing, especially as their bellies continue to grow.
The Best Way to Sleep
The best sleeping position for expecting mothers is called “SOS,” meaning sleep on side. To do the position properly, you need to lie on your left side with your knees bent.
Why is this important?
Sleeping in the “SOS” position will keep your spine straight and can decrease the amount of back pain you feel. Women are advised to lie on their left side because the liver is located on the right side and could cause discomfort to the uterus. Sleeping on the left side will also increase the blood and nutrients that travel to your baby. If you accidentally roll over to your right side in the middle of the night, don’t worry! Let your body rest.
Still can’t sleep?
If you’re still uncomfortable, try lying on your back in a half-seated position and propping yourself up with some pillows to reduce heartburn. This may look and feel awkward at first, but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!