A normal person sleeps at least 6 to 8 hours in a day. If a person is spending a major chunk of his time schedule in sleeping, it is likely to affect something. The body language while a mother sleeps during pregnancy has the ability to influence the physical health of the baby. During maternity, you do need a really good quality sleep more than ever before, but it is quite unlikely you would get it due to cramping legs, midnight bathroom runs, burning sensation at heart, a racing and worrisome mind coupled with growing baby bump bulging out. In fact, a study conducted on about 2400 women demonstrated that a huge 76 percent of women find it difficult to avoid poor sleep quality. Nevertheless, you are preparing yourself for troublesome but sleepless nights for the challenges ahead due to your baby await you.
Two of the most favorite sleeping positions, which are lying on stomach and back, may not be ideal or the best choices during this period. Having said that, let us take a look at which sleeping positions to opt along with the medical reasons behind them since finding the right position can be truly difficult.
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Various Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy
Sleeping on back:
It is highly recommended by experts to avoid the back sleeping position due to severe medical reasons. It rests the entire mass of the increasing womb or uterus on not just a mother’s back but her intestines as well. The pressure may also be exerted on the aorta and inferior vena cava, which is basically the main vein that conveys blood from the neck, head and both the upper limbs. It should definitely be avoided during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy otherwise this force can lead to development to serious issues and some troubles. Backaches, breathing problems, and troubling digestive system are quite common if you sleep in this position. It also has the capability to cause hemorrhoids or piles, decrease in blood circulation to the fetus and your heart and in certain cases, lead to hypertension or low blood pressure. However, it is fine if you find yourself sleeping on your back during sleep but it should not be for prolonged hours.
Sleeping on your stomach:
In the initial weeks, it is perfectly alright to sleep tummy- down. But with the passage of time, due to obvious reasons, you need to switch your sleeping position. The growing fetus causes bulging of your stomach out as you go farther along in pregnancy. These physical changes can make it extremely hard for you to lie on your stomach.
Sleeping on the left or right side:
Past the first trimester, during the second and third trimesters, it is quite preferable to sleep on either side. While sleeping on both sides are good, the left is always preferable. It allows the maximum amount of flow of nutrients and blood to the placenta or organ that provides nutrients and oxygen to the growing fetus. It also enhances the functioning of the kidney, thereby leading to better removal of waste products and lesser swelling in ankles, feet and hands. In simpler terms, it supports the optimal amount of circulation.
Some Useful Tips For Sleeping During Pregnancy
If you had been stomach or back sleeper before, you might find it difficult to sleep on your side. However, you can follow certain measures to get a more comfortable sleep while protecting your baby and leaving your physical health unaffected.
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