When pregnant, you have various changes both physically and mentally. Those changes require you to adjust your old habits to make yourself comfortable. Pregnancy weakens your immune system as well as your body. You will get too tired and all you need is a good rest. However, sleeping when pregnant can be challenging. Before, you could sleep with any position you like. You can lie flat on your back, lie on your right or left side, or even lie flat on your belly. When pregnant, this will be quite different. Your belly are growing bigger and you need to adjust sleeping positions to comfort both you and your unborn baby. You also need to consider the effects each sleeping style may affect your baby.
How do I sleep when pregnant?
Being pregnant requires sufficient rest. Your sleep, then becomes very significant as it will restore your energy and stamina. Before pregnant, it might be easy for you to fall asleep all night long. Yet, when you get pregnant, things turn differently. Your big belly possibly contributes to the challenges you face during bed time. In fact, you can sleep however you wish as long as you feel comfortable and it does not hurt you. Some moms-to-be feel it is comfortable when they lie on their back when sleeping. However, this will be difficult when your belly is getting bigger, or you have reached your second trimester. When you lie flat on your back, you might experience difficulties in breathing.Some others, on the contrary, find their comfort by lying on their right or left side. This is known as the best sleeping position when you are pregnant. This position can be maintained to your last week of pregnancy. Sleeping on your side reduce the pressure level on your uterus and thus, reduce your breathing difficulty. It also relieve possible backache compared to lying flat on your back. To be specific, sleeping on your left side is the best position as it may increase the blood nutrients that flow to your baby. Yet, some moms-to-be find that lying on their stomach are their sleeping style during pregnancy. When you were not pregnant, sleeping on your stomach is never a problem. However, now you are pregnant and thus, questioning whether it is safe for your baby if you lie on her when sleeping?
What happens when I sleep on my Stomach during Pregnancy?
Sleeping on your stomach, in fact, is not harmful as long as you feel comfortable with it. However, when you are carrying a baby, sleeping on your stomach might give pressure to your stomach, breasts, and organs. Your breasts already hurt on your early pregnancy and your stomach is getting bigger, so that this sleeping position might be a challenge.
Should I sleep on my stomach while pregnant, when do I have to stop?
Sleeping during pregnancy sometimes becomes complicated. Should you have the habit of sleeping on your stomach, you should stop it when your pregnancy reaches its second trimester. On your 4 months of pregnancy, your breasts get stiffed and more sensitive, your belly is significantly bigger, and your feet might be swollen. You will not feel comfortable anymore sleeping on your stomach, and if you continue this habit, it will harm your pregnancy. Sleeping on your stomach might give too much pressure to your veins and placenta, and hence, block the blood stream. Your organs might also give pressure to your unborn and cause oxygen shortage on her. You can still sleep on your stomach by putting a pillow under your thighs to balance the growing belly. However, this will not be comfortable. You might have difficulty breathing and stomach stiffness. It is then advised that soon-to-be moms should stop sleeping on the stomach on the second trimester and instead, sleep on her left side to increase blood stream and provide more oxygen to the baby. Sufficient oxygen level will ensure baby organ and nervous development. Should you unintentionally lie on your stomach, do not panic and change the position slowly. Do not roll over fast because it might increase the pressure on your veins and cause breathing difficulty.