It’s exciting, isn’t it?
The prospect of bringing a brand new, tiny human into the world… You want nothing but the best for them, but that’s also what makes it a little scary!
There’s a crazy amount of decisions you’ll be faced with during your daily life that you might not have even considered before. At one point you might have thrown yourself into bed without a care in the world… but no, not anymore! Now you’ve got to find a sleeping position that’s comfortable for both you and your growing baby.
So What is the Safest Sleeping Position for Pregnancy?
Lying on your front with your growing bump would likely not be your position of choice, however much you miss crashing out face down and it would only put pressure on your uterus as it grows, but studies have shown that after the fifth month, lying on your back in the supine position is not good for you or your baby.
The reason for this is that your growing uterus at this stage starts to put pressure on your aorta and the inferior vena cava, a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood back to your heart from your lower half. Adding pressure to these vessels which lie behind your abdomen can slow your circulation, reducing blood flow to your vital organs and to your baby.
Your safest sleeping position while pregnant is to lie on your side in the lateral position.
Does it matter which side?
Well to a degree, yes! While it won’t do you any good to lie on one side for hours if you are not comfortable and want to turn over, you should definitely have a preference for your left side!
Lying on your left side will increase your circulation providing a super-highway for nourishing, nutrient-filled blood to be carried from your heart down through the placenta to your baby.
But don’t panic if you wake up having changed positions in the night. While sleeping on your left side is optimal, your body is designed to care for and protect your baby and getting a good night’s rest will do you more good than trying to stay in a position that’s not comfortable enough to allow you to sleep.
Helping you sleep comfortably.
While stacking up pillows around you is a bad idea, at best giving you lumpy and uneven support and at worst bunching up and poking into you, adding concentrated areas of pressure which is the very last thing you want. There are a number of recommended support pillows available that will give you a safe excellent support – helping you to sleep comfortably on your side, and some will actively prevent you from rolling onto your back or front too!