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I accidentally did it and couldn’t get up for about 5 minutes without being in pain. Eventually was able to get up but I couldn’t feel baby until Lunch. Should I avoid it?

Posted by kjgarner, 4th November 2015

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  • Left side is best with supporting pillows :)

  • I was not aware of avoiding lying in certain positions while pregnant. It became too uncomfortable on my belly by month four

  • Sleep on your left side!

  • Avoid lying on your back – it can constrict certain nerves and you can actually lose consciousness.

  • I was told not to when I was pregnant, especially if you cant get up . I would lie slantly on a pillow like those elbow shaped ones which I find ( still do ) very comfy .

  • Side lying is best – get lots of pillows to make it more comfortable for you and less likely for you to roll on your stomach or back.

  • I don’t think you are meant to as it’s not good for the baby

  • lay on your side with a pregnancy pillow. they are a lifesaver, trust me!

  • Think I might stick to laying on my side!

  • Get a check up if you are ever concerned about how you feel and what you feel.

  • Finding the best position for you means being comfortable and supporting your body with pillows and supports.

  • you are best to lay on your side that way you take the pressure away from the back and your baby – and its easier to get up from

  • Usually you end up too big for it to be comfortable to sleep on your tummy. I was never given any preferred sleep positions whilst pregnant. And even if you start your sleep on your side or whichever, no guarantee you’ll stay in that position.

  • I would definately. I still can’t lie on my stomach like I used to.. After 3 years!!

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    Is it safe to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?



    The BabyCenter India editorial team
    Our panel of health writers.

    There’s no problem in lying on your stomach in early pregnancy. At this point, your uterus is still nestled behind your pubic bone, so your baby is totally protected. Tender breasts may be a sore point though, but placing a pillow beneath them might help.

    Later in your pregnancy, your growing tummy will may make it difficult for you to sleep on it. You’ll probably be too uncomfortable and will change your sleeping position before it can hurt your growing baby.

    Experts generally recommend sleeping on your side (especially the left side) during pregnancy. This position is best for your baby, because it helps the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys to get rid of waste products and fluids from your body. This in turn helps to reduce swelling, if any, on your ankles, feet, and hands.

    After 16 weeks of pregnancy, sleeping on your back isn’t such a good idea. That’s because your baby is pressing on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. However, it’s only if you lie on your back for a long time that the flow of blood to the placenta and your baby could be affected. You may feel faint or dizzy after you have been lying on your back for a while in later pregnancy.

    Also, sleeping on your back pushes the weight of your growing uterus on the back. If you face problems such as shortness of breath or acidity, especially in the third trimester, propping yourself up with pillows may be helpful.

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