Lying on your back

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Lying on your back
Mon, 03-10-2008 - 9:18am

I read that you shouldnt sleep on your back because you are cutting the oxygen flow off to your baby. Has anyone else heard this? I

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Registered: 02-01-2008
Mon, 03-10-2008 - 9:28am
As always, talk to your doctor.
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Registered: 11-15-2007
Tue, 03-11-2008 - 12:37am

I lay on my back a lot this pregnancy as well. It just feels better. I also have poor circulation and can only lay on 1 side at a time for about 15 min to 1/2 hour before having to switch to the other side because my arm, shoulder and hip has fallen asleep. Laying on my back just seems to work the best for me. Although I have noticed that it's getting a little more difficult because it's harder to breath now and the baby feels like she is just laying on everything while I'm on my back (I'm about 34-35 weeks).

I've read the same thing about it not being good to lay on your back. But, I agree that if it causes problems, then you'll switch positions when it gets hard to breath.

Good luck.

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Registered: 02-22-2008
Tue, 03-11-2008 - 11:05am

There is a major artery that run through the middle of your body. As baby grows, their body weight can compress that nerve limiting blood/oxygen flow which is why it's advised that you lay on your side - preferably your left side, while pregnant.

If you wake up in the middle of the night and are on your back or relax for a brief time during the day on your back, I don't think you're doing any harm to your baby. Just limit it.

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Registered: 01-05-2008
Tue, 03-11-2008 - 11:32am

Hey, Torielle how's things girl?


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Registered: 11-15-2007
Thu, 03-13-2008 - 6:48pm
I just wanted to add that I mentioned this situation to my midwife at my Tuesday appointment. I explained to her about how I knew it wasn't good to lie on your back and that I have poor circulation which causes my sides to go numb while trying to sleep and I have to keep switching...which is uncomfortable not to mention the lack of sleep I'm getting because of it.
She told me that it was perfectly fine to lay on my back and their wouldn't be any complications. The only worry was getting light headed when rising so I should try to keep my head elevated when laying on my back.
I'm not sure if this is accurate or not and seems to go against everything I've read...but thought I would add her comments to this subject.

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Registered: 11-02-2006
Wed, 03-19-2008 - 2:39pm

Listen to your body. I would lie on my back and then when the circulation was compromised, my arms would get tingly telling me "time to roll over".





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Registered: 10-29-2006
Sat, 03-22-2008 - 5:45pm
had a sonogram the other day and i had to lay on my back, man it was painful.
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Registered: 01-19-2008
Sun, 03-23-2008 - 4:40pm
Strangely enough, i hated sleeping on my back before pg.