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15/10/2017 at 07:02
Me again lol! I’m struggling to sleep as we speak. Been up since 5 am as sleeping on my left side isnt comfy for long enough for me to get solid sleep. I know you aren’t meant to sleep on your back and heard/read left side is the best. But anyo slept on the right? And things been ok with baby. I’m already highly worried about my baby as it is. But lack of sleep and increasing nightmares are beginning to take its toll mentally. Im extremely anxious terrified and just shattered. Any advice would be great. Oh forgot to add if all is still ok with baby and nothings wrong im meant to be 18wks
16/10/2017 at 17:09
Hi Hun - I can totally understand your concerns. They say your left side is the best as it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach your baby and placenta. They also advise to keep your legs and knees bent. However, I have struggled to get to sleep before now on my left so I have gone to sleep on my right. I am 21+6 and everything seems fine with baby. You cannot wear yourself out and make yourself stress as this is no good for baby either - you move around in your sleep and you may find out that you wake up on your back (i have many times) which is unavoidable. Aslong as you are not sleeping continuously on your back - I also think this is more vital in later pregnancy. They tend to advise all the sleeping position advice is more vital in 3rd trimester.
Something else that may be worth a try - I haven't tried yet but I will be in the next few weeks is the body pillow. You can get these in places like argos. It provides support for your bump and back. It will also help you not to roll onto your back - it won't prevent completely but it will help at least :-)
Sorry to ramble on, I hope this helps a little!!
16/10/2017 at 17:59
Well, I have one advice for you. Being pregnant or not, when you finish eating and when you go to lie down, always lie down on the left side. It helps your digestion. I heard sleeping on the back is good. Well, it all depends on each one of us. This could be very general topic and very individual matter.
16/10/2017 at 18:17
Diana sleeping on your back is not good in later pregnancy - honestly. Read up on it. Not to sound harsh about it but it isn't recommended. You are putting all the pressure on your organs and the blood flow to your baby is reduced. There's been a number of different studies that show that it can cause still birth.
17/10/2017 at 01:43
O asked my midwife the same question. Read online that left sode is best and wanted proper advice.
I struggle to sleep on my side regardless of sides as I have always been a front right sleeper. I got a body pillow and this dod nothing to help me stay on my left side. No matter what i always woke uo havung rilled onto my right side.
Anyway my midwife explained that whilst studies have shown that left a is best if possible. The difference isn't enough to warrant us not getting any sleep due to discomfort and that being well rested came first and foremost.
She did say that in later pregnancy lying on your back isn't a good idea because the baby can lie against 'insert correct word' and reduce the blood supply. However again she said not to worry too much because our bodies would notify us of this before it was an issue and even if sleeping you would either move or wake up.
So basically if you can sleep on your left it helps increase blood flow and with toxin removal etc but if you have to sleep on your right it's fine. Just make sure you get sleep.
So now I can actually sleep through the night, other than the weird dreams and constant per breaks, without worrying I am damaging the baby because I'm on my right side.
17/10/2017 at 10:00
Thank you for the replies. I have a pregnancy pillow but nothing helps whatsoever my sleep is constantly broken and I’m constantly anxious etc. I think what’s making it worse is Ive not felt baby move. I’m highly worried something has happened as midwife said I should feel movm by now x
17/10/2017 at 10:02
I didn't feel my babies move until 21 weeks so wouldn't stress about that at all.
17/10/2017 at 16:38
I didn't feel baby move until 21 weeks either. The sonographer says it can be up to 24 weeks before movement is felt so don't panic about that x
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