During pregnancy, you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping positions may no longer work for you during pregnancy.
There are a number of reasons for this new discomfort, but there are some sleeping positions that you can try that may help you get your much-needed rest.
Why Am I So Uncomfortable In My Normal Sleeping Positions?
When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes. These changes tend to disrupt your usual peaceful slumber.
Reasons for your discomfort may include:
- Increased size of abdomen
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
What Are The Best Sleep Positions During Pregnancy?
The best sleep position during pregnancy is “SOS” (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.
Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs.
- If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position, and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
- If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
- In late pregnancy, you may experience shortness of breath. Try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.
Source: American Pregnancy Association Promoting Pregnancy Wellness
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