Having a peaceful and comfortable night sleep is a fervent wish among pregnant women. By the third trimester, most pregnant women experience back pain and discomfort due to hormonal changes in their bodies that result in excessive sweating. If you can relate to the aforementioned, then this article is for you. Here are the best sleeping positions for pregnant women
Sleeping on your tummy during pregnancy
During the first stages of your pregnancy, it is fine to sleep on your tummy. However, by the time it gets dangerous and uncomfortable for you and the baby you’ll know. Trying to sleep on your belly at 8months is totally impossible and unsafe for you and your unborn baby.
Sleep on your back during pregnancy
During your first trimester, you don’t need to worry yourself about sleeping positions. Once you’re in the second trimester, you’ll have to avoid sleeping on your back. It’s certain that when you lie on your back, your uterus puts pressure on the vein that returns blood to your heart. If you keep lying on your back while sleeping, you can restrict the amount of blood to your heart as well as restrict the nutrients that reach your placenta and the baby. It could make you feel dizzy and nauseous.
Sleeping on your right hand side during pregnancy
Lying on your right hand side is a much better sleep position as you get heavier. It’s much better than sleeping on your front or back during the later stages of your pregnancy but it’s still not as good as sleeping on your left. Sleeping on your left won’t put much pressure on your liver which most doctors would prefer you to avoid.
Sleeping on your left hand side during pregnancy
Sleeping on your left is actually one of the best sleeping positions a pregnant woman can attain. Doctors and midwives recommend that pregnant women sleep on their left side as it helps provides the right amount of nutrients and oxygen needed by the baby through the placenta.
A research conducted in Auckland, New Zealand found that sleeping on the left on the last night of pregnancy, halved the risk of still birth. But since, no one actually knows the last of pregnancy, it’s advised you sleep on your left hand side during your pregnancy.