Pregnancy: Is it okay to sleep on your stomach during pregnancy?

I am 20 weeks pregnant. When I lie on my stomach, my baby's movements become more frequent and vigorous. I know I shouldn't lie on my back, but am I cramping or hurting my baby by lying on my stomach?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

You can sleep in any position that is comfortable without fear of harming the baby. Even resting on your back is perfectly okay. It is only in labor, when the uterine blood flow is somewhat compromised by the frequent contractions, that lying on one's back is not recommended.

You may be able to sleep more comfortably during the last part of the pregnancy with a pillow between your legs, inclining towards your abdomen. That is a good compromise. Try not to worry. Your baby is fine in whatever position you choose.

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