During pregnancy, a woman may find herself turning around in bed in an attempt to get rest before going to sleep. Unfortunately, the usual sleeping positions before pregnancy may not work for a woman, especially sleeping on the belly.
With the increase in the size of the abdomen, the woman becomes unable to sleep on it. There are a number of causes for this discomfort, but fortunately, there are some sleeping positions that can help you get some rest.
Sleeping on the belly during pregnancy
There is no problem with sleeping on the belly in the first period of pregnancy, because the fetus is still small and protected by the pelvic bone, but with the progression of pregnancy and the increase in the size of the abdomen.
Sleeping on it becomes uncomfortable and difficult, and most importantly, it is dangerous for the fetus; Because by sleeping on the belly, the fetus is under pressure due to the mother’s weight, and this exposes it to the risk of miscarriage.
Causes of sleep discomfort during pregnancy
increase in the size of the abdomen: This puts pressure on the woman as a result of the extra weight.
Back pain: especially when sleeping on it, with the weight of the fetus, these pains are produced.
Heartburn: When the uterus expands, it presses on the belly, which leads to heartburn.
Shortness of breath: All this weight and the pain that the woman feels, leads to shortness of breath. Insomnia.
Proper ways to sleep during pregnancy
Sleeping on the side: It is one of the best sleeping positions during pregnancy, especially on the left side. It works to increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and the baby, thus the woman gets comfort and protects her baby at the same time.
Sleeping with a pillow between the legs: especially if the woman suffers from back pain; The pillow adjusts the sleeping position, so that the pressure on the back is reduced.
Sleeping on the side with a pillow under the abdomen, and in this position the pillow acts as a support for the abdomen, thus reducing its weight.
Elevating the feet: by placing some pillows under the legs; Women feel leg pain throughout the pregnancy, which leads to insomnia and difficulty sleeping, so by raising the feet, the pain goes away to some extent.
Sleeping positions to avoid during pregnancy
It is important to avoid the following positions when sleeping during pregnancy to protect the mother and fetus:
Sleeping on the back: It increases his pain.
Sleeping on the Tummy.
It is dangerous to the fetus and mother.
Raising the feet close to the abdomen: It increases pressure on the fetus and makes it uncomfortable.