8-months pregnant Serena Williams: “How do I turn over at night?”

Serena sought sleep advice - but here's why official guidance says she's best off sticking to her left side


Tennis legend Serena Williams is in the 8th month of her 1st pregnancy – and has reached out for advice on a very common 3rd trimester problem.


It seems she’s having trouble sleeping with bump in tow, revealing to her supporters that she’s struggling to move and turn over while she’s in bed.

“Any tips on how to turn over at night? I’m having trouble from going from my left ….to my right…. to my left side,” she wrote on Twitter.

Here at MFM HQ, every single mum on the team remembers those uncomfortable, agitated nights, where trying to nod off lying on your left hand side makes you feel like a turtle knocked onto the back of its shell.

All you wanna is be able to roll around the bed, freely, until you feel just right – or sit up without a second thought – but you simply can’t ???

Ugh, we get it. And we totally feel for Serena, and are glad fans were able to offer the mum-to-be a little solidarity on social media.

However, it is good to know that the experts reckon it’s best Serena doesn’t turn around as she’s trying to get to sleep at all, as she’s already falling to kip on the correct side: her left.

“The absolute best position to sleep when you’re pregnant is on your left side with a pillow under your bump and another pillow between your knees,” midwife Ann Richley tells MFM.

Generally, it’s not recommend that pregnant women fall asleep on their back or right hand side for safety reasons, as it can potentially cause health problems for you and your baby (you can read all about that here).

Mind, there’s another good piece of advice for Serena – a pregnancy pillow!

One of our mums says that her pregnancy pillow – though a confusing adjustment to her sleep routine at first – actually became a bit of a lifesaver as she reached peak bump ?

Have your say

How were your night times towards the end of your pregnancy – were you desperate to turn over and try to get comfy like Serena?

Let us know how you dealt with it over on Facebook, or in the comments below.

Images: Instagram/Serena Williams

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