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When is it not good to lie flat on ur back in bed...

(18 Posts)
Boogles91 Sat 08-Mar-14 22:32:50

Just wondering as my mum said she always layed flat if it was the only position to get comfy in. Until she was really big that is, i worry incase im harming the baby or something but i seem to roll onto my back in my sleep anyway! Is it really harmful or just not recomended? Cus i dont want to harm our lil man in there sad

TheFantasticFixit Sat 08-Mar-14 22:38:31

I think it's not so much about harming the baby that they advise that you don't lie on your back, but rather that the pressure and weight of the baby inside you can affect nerves in your body, and make you feel very dizzy. I'm sure someone else will know more!

For what it's worth, I lay on my back (actually, literally blush) pretty much throughout my first pregnancy, but with this baby (I'm 39 wks on Monday) I find it makes me nauseous and lightheaded almost immediately.

Casmama Sat 08-Mar-14 22:39:12

Lie on your back unless it's uncomfortable - you are probably waking up because you need to turn over. Don't worry, your body will let you know.

Highlystrungmum Sat 08-Mar-14 22:42:00

It doesn't harm the baby it's more you there worried about. Think it puts pressure on your lungs etc

GarthsUncle Sat 08-Mar-14 22:44:10

After month 4 it can put pressure in some of your large veins. As you near the end of the pregnancy, it can make it more likely the baby will turn back to back.

If you can fall asleep on your right hand side, that's gread, even if you wake up on your back.

ClearlyMoo Sat 08-Mar-14 22:51:06

I long to sleep on my back (31 weeks). Since around 18/20 weeks I haven't been able to as if I accidentally fall asleep on my back I wake up dreaming I'm suffocating and then as I come to realise I can't breathe and need to roll over. Basically your body should stop it happening.

SweetPea86 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:43:09

I find I snore when I'm on my back whilst being preg so I try not to smile

Boogles91 Sun 09-Mar-14 00:59:04

Thanks for the advice smile i dont get any dizziness or anything when i lay on my back lol i tend to sleep in the positions i fall asleep in and wake up stiff in the night as i need to change lol i just cant seem to get comfy on my right side but my left i can and i keep gettin trapped nerves in me arm if i dont wake up in the night as i dont move in me sleep much lol x

Boogles91 Sun 09-Mar-14 01:02:12

And i always snore! Wichever position im in hahar....hubby wakes me up to tell me the. I have to lay there listening to him -.- x

inmybelly Sun 09-Mar-14 04:26:34

I thought the left side was better? I sleep much more comfortably on my right (actually on my tummy is best but boobs are preventing that!). So is right side best then? That would be great if so.

Charingcrossbun Sun 09-Mar-14 07:16:47

I asked the same question around 24weeks as I kept finding myself on my back in the mornings and was really worried. It took until 32 weeks though when sudden was a problem for bump and I woke up straight away feeling like I'd drunk a bottle of tequila and the room was spinning!!
My point is if it is bad for baby your body will tell you! wink
I now wedge myself in will pillows - DP refers to it as my little fort!

ToriaPumpkin Sun 09-Mar-14 11:06:14

I had physio the other day with the obstetric specialist and she said it's ok to lie on your back as long as you're slightly propped up to keep the pressure off your lungs/major veins/spine and pelvis as with baby getting big and heavy they can cause aches and pains/breathlessness/dizziness etc.

I did prove the point beautifully when I fainted during my growth scan two weeks ago from lying on my back for too long! I also have a nest in bed now smile

sambababy Sun 09-Mar-14 13:45:18

I was told left side is best, even just for part of the night or a daytime rest.

Boogles91 Sun 09-Mar-14 20:32:35

Hehehe its cute when they find names for the things we do smile i sleeping mainly on settee at mo, sometimes in bed. As its just too uncomfy for me and settee is kinda sloped back so this helps with bump resting smile my hubby calls it my nightly rituals as it takes me ayges to get comfy :p xx

sparkles70 Mon 10-Mar-14 14:15:20

Hi. I think that it's best to lie on your left hand side. I read on the Dreamgenii website that its because you have better blood flow if you lie on your left hand side. (I used to sleep on my tummy but can't do that any more!)

magichandles Mon 10-Mar-14 14:45:07

Toriapumpki I fainted during a scan in my last pregnancy as well - it was really horrible.

ToriaPumpkin Mon 10-Mar-14 14:57:36

Awful isn't it magic? I'm a fainter anyway but it's generally when I get too warm or overdo it. It was a novelty to faint from lying down! My physiotherapist remembered me from my last pregnancy as I fainted in all her classes, I had my own bed set up eventually!

MyNameIsWinkly Mon 10-Mar-14 16:53:13

I kept waking up on my back too, I bought a Dreamgenii pillow which is the best thing ever - kind of forces me onto the left side, supports my belly and goes between my knees without faffing with twenty different pillows. Bit expensive but worth it in terms of sleep quality and comfort.

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