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laying on side? only way I can get comfy

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twinklesparkles Sun 27-Jan-13 22:41:51

Hi guys

Can anyone tell me why you aren't supposed to lay on your side during pregnancy? Or is it an old wives tale

I'm almost 30 weeks and laying on my left side is the only way I can get comfortable.
Laying on my right side is comfortable too but not so much. Laying on my back is pretty awful sad

Am I doing any damage laying on my side? It doesn't hurt, only for a second when I roll back onto my back. I do have a massive bump so assuming its gravity pulling me down lol! smile

Is it ok for me to lay like this ?


sundaesundae Sun 27-Jan-13 22:44:19

Erm advice is to lie on your left.. so you are doing the "right" thing, though no evidence any position is actually "wrong".

TwitchyTail Sun 27-Jan-13 22:44:58

You ARE supposed to lie on your side smile Left side is best but either will do. It takes the pressure off your inferior vena cava (big vein that runs up the right side of your back) so you are less likely to feel dizzy or breathless. So carry on!

Hamnvik Sun 27-Jan-13 22:45:05

I've never heard of not lying on your side? You're not supposed to lie on your back for too long as the weight of the baby can you make you feel ill (as you've already noticed!) but lying on your side is fine!

twinklesparkles Sun 27-Jan-13 22:46:15

Haha oh dear, I got that massivly wrong then!!

I though advice was not to lay on side at all..especially the left blush

Thank you smile

Heavywheezing Sun 27-Jan-13 22:46:34

It's because blood flow to arteries and veins are lessened by sleeping on one side.

However, I only found this out after i had my baby and I had been lying on my back and the wrong side for most of my pregnancy.

I'd talk to your midwife or get pillows to shove under your bump.

twinklesparkles Sun 27-Jan-13 22:46:58

That should be a blush not an angry face smile

Petcat Sun 27-Jan-13 22:49:07

It's actually recommended that you try to lie on your left side when pregnant. It helps improve the flow of blood around your body, and can help the baby get in the optimal position to be born. You'll see plenty of threads on here with people worrying that they can't get comfy on their left, so it sounds like you have nothing to worry about smile

TwitchyTail Sun 27-Jan-13 22:49:35


Pregnancy brain. We've all been there.

Passmethecrisps Sun 27-Jan-13 22:51:07

You might also find lying on your left eases indigestion so you are onto a winner!

IcingOnTheNappyCake Mon 28-Jan-13 13:34:13

If you find sleeping on your side comfy its worth investing in a pregnancy pillow too! They support your bump and back and are just sooo comfy smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 28-Jan-13 14:38:08

I'm only comfortable on my left side! Yes it's all about the pressure on the nerves and blood flow. I'd highly recommend a maternity pillow too. Made a huge difference to me. Most of them are suitable to adapt for using with feeding when the baby is born too.

TwitchyTail Mon 28-Jan-13 14:39:44

<threadjack sorry> HavingALittleFaithBaby, which maternity pillow would you recommend? I could do with one but have seen so many contradictory reviews.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 28-Jan-13 14:44:06

Dh bought mine! Most people rate the dream genii but he bought me this one from Kiddicare. I use it upside down! hmm but that's how it's comfy for me smile

sundaesundae Mon 28-Jan-13 15:22:40

I'd recommend cheapest supermarket pillows, you can then put them where you need, underbump, behind/between knees, they are easily compressed so good for wedging and dirt cheap. You might not get on with having things touching you and can work out where you want/need support before spending money. I bought a dream genii, I hate it and my friend has had it off me and even she only uses it for a few hours before throwing it on the floor.

TwitchyTail Mon 28-Jan-13 15:46:39

Thanks both! smile

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