Ok so I'm totally aware that this is probably a really stupid question but I keep reading about not being able to lie on my back in the 2nd trimester. I'm currently only 11+1 and no bump (other than bloating & eating too much for the last few weeks since I found out!)
Will someone like a midwife or a nurse be telling me at an appointment at some point when the time comes that I'm not supposed to lie on my back?
Every night when I sleep I sleep on my stomach but pretty much always without fail wake up on my back having turned over without being aware of it. I'm pretty sure this is common and as I've only read comments (generally in relation to other things) on forums I'm feeling a bit confused about it at the moment.
Or will my bump get me to the point where I can't lie on my back anyway? I guess sleeping on my stomach will probably have to stop....!!
The reason pregnant woman are advised not to lie inter back is due to the weight of the baby/placenta putting pressure on their inferior vena cava and making them faint.
You will know yourself when this becomes an issue because you will become breathless very quickly when laying on your back, and therefore move. I'm 38+2 and still sleep on my back, I'm proppe up by 2 pillows so it's not an issue.
Just trust your body, it will soon let you know when you're doing something that doesn't agree with it.
I asked the midwife the same question at my 16 week apt, and answer was exactly as Dannilion says - if you feel in any way faint or dizzy then roll over, but this is unlikely to happen until much later in the pregnancy when the baby is heavier. You can get pregnancy pillows which might help support the bump when it gets bigger. Until then don't worry, and enjoy that comfy sleep!
Hi, I'm 18 weeks and still end up waking up on my back and still do some Pilates exercises on my back and feel fine at the moment. As soon as I start to feel a bit funny I will stop, although its hard when you are asleep to control it! As others said, it's the pressure of baby / uterus etc pressing on vena cava, and more likely to be an issue later on (if at all, I think some women don't experience it) - I think they just start telling you to be aware of it from second tri as some people do experience it that early.
You will know if you will be able to lie on your back or not. With dd I used to feel really faint and my breathing would become shallow if I lay on my back after about 20wks. With DS I used to wake up in the morning on my back breathing fine.
My midwife told me the best position to lie in is on your left hand side, but that's more later in pregnancy for getting the baby in a good position. If you feel comfortable lying on your back I'm sure it's fine. I do remember feeling dizzy and very quesy at my 20 week scan from lying on my back - I was on the verge of asking to roll over to my side when the lady said she was finished!