Right now, side sleeping is safest for your baby. Plus, it’s more comfortable for you as your abdomen grows. Is one side of the body better than the other for sleeping? Experts recommend lying on your left side.
What happens if a pregnant woman sleeps on the right side?
Sleeping on your left or right side during pregnancy
This position allows for maximum blood flow and nutrients to the placenta (which means less pressure on the vena cava) and enhances kidney function, which means better elimination of waste products and less swelling in your feet, ankles and hands.
Can I sleep on right side during third trimester?
Women with severe swelling may try propping the legs up higher than the belly. By contrast, sleeping on your right side during the third trimester puts the weight of the uterus on your liver, and sleeping on your back can block the inferior vena cava and cut off blood flow.
When should you stop sleeping on your right side during pregnancy?
Research has shown that in the third trimester (after 28 weeks of pregnancy) going to sleep on your back increases your risk of stillbirth. As the link has now been shown in four separate research trials, our advice is to go to sleep on your side in the third trimester because it is safer for your baby.
Why is it uncomfortable to sleep on my left side while pregnant?
Some doctors specifically recommend that pregnant women sleep on the left side. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ.
What positions should you avoid when pregnant?
A Few Sitting Positions to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Crossing your legs.
- Using a chair or stool without a backrest.
- Sitting too long in the same position.
- Turning or twisting at the waist.
- Sitting in a chair or recliner without leg support.