Currently almost 17wks pregnant and from 12wks on I slept propped up on a V pillow on a normal pillow so that I wasn't lying flat with my last pregnancy. Have done the same thing with this pregnancy so far but am going travelling for 20-28wks and won't have enough space to take extra pillow(s) so wondering if everybody props themselves up as worried about harm to bubs.
I'm 17 weeks tomorrow and still sleeping on my front...not through choice - go to sleep on my side and end up on my front in the night! It's getting uncomfy and I loathe sleeping any other way, so am in for some months of discomfort from now
Never slept propped up except when heartburn got too uncomfy to sleep flatter in the latter months.
cool won't worry quite so much then. Giraffeski that is exactly my reasoning for not lying flat. To be honest I'm always on my stomach at the mo too HM it's one of the things I hate most about being pregnant is not being able to lie on my stomach.
I've never been told to say if I feel faint ....
I think the business about lying flat only applies to the end of pregnancy and even then, I don't know how you're supposed to prevent it. I go to sleep on my side as I'm more comfortable like that but often find that I wake up on my back. I suspect that if there was a problem during the night you'd start to feel uncomfortable and would switch position anyway. At any rate, I've never heard of anyone passing out in the middle of the night or baby suffering because they slept on their back, although I suppose there must be some evidence somewhere or we wouldn't get this advice.
If you're worried about sleeping on your back get a wedge pillow from mothercare and that'll tilt you enough. Having said that I quite often woke up flat on my back when pg, not much you can do about moving in your sleep!!
While pregnant I asked my doctor about lying on my side and about the vena cava issue and he replied that it wasn't something he was aware of! I also asked my mw and she replied the same. In fact she advised me to sleep in any position I could get comfortable in...You are better sleeping how you can/want to at the early stage as it's a nightmare to get comfortable during the late stage !
Suppose everyone has different advice.
It won't harm baby, like soem others have said, it is to do with the vein that the baby might lay on, whcih would cause you to faint. I don't think it will be a prob that early in pg. If you are worried, or do feel faint layign on your back you only need to put a rolled up jumper or soemthing under one buttock and lower back to do the trick. I had to be extra careful when pg with twins, whenever I went in hosp they would make sure I was not flat on my back, and when I had my section the table was tilted (which felt very scary).