The best sleeping positions for pregnant women
Finding a comfortable sleeping position when you’re pregnant becomes more and more complicated as the months go by. Between the growing belly and certain aches and pains, it can be difficult to get a full night’s sleep. Let’s see what the best sleeping positions are for pregnant women.
Sleeping on your stomach when you’re pregnant
There is no contraindication to sleeping on your stomach during pregnancy, just a "practical" concern. If you are used to sleeping on your stomach, it is perfectly possible to continue during the first months of pregnancy. Your baby is perfectly protected, there is no risk of being crushed! The umbilical cord is also strong enough to withstand pressure. As the belly grows, the position on the belly will become more and more uncomfortable and mothers will spontaneously find another position.
Sleeping on your side during pregnancy?
The side position is undoubtedly the most comfortable when the belly becomes too bulky. It is best to sleep on your left side, but for even more comfort you can sleep with a nursing pillow, a large pillow filled with micro-beads that adapts to the shape of your belly to relieve your lower back.
Is it necessary to raise a part of the bed at the end of pregnancy?
In case of venous problems or cramps, it is advisable to raise the foot of the bed to facilitate venous return. By sleeping with your legs slightly higher, you can also improve comfort by reducing the "heavy legs" effect.
For mothers-to-be who suffer from gastric reflux during pregnancy, it may be wise to raise the back with pillows or a sloping surface in order to limit acid reflux, which is often accentuated when lying down.
Is it dangerous to sleep on your back during pregnancy?
The back position is not inadvisable at the beginning of pregnancy but can be from the 6th month (more or less depending on the size of the belly), because in this position the uterus compresses the inferior vena cava and hinders venous return. This can lead to discomfort in the mother and a slowing of the baby’s heart. At the slightest sign of discomfort, simply tip over to your left side to restore circulation!
Creating an environment conducive to sleep during pregnancy
During pregnancy, sleep is disturbed by the size of the belly and limited movement, but also by the stress and anxiety of childbirth. Don’t hesitate to recover during the day by taking a short 20-minute nap and, above all, create a calm and peaceful environment in your bedroom to benefit from a restful sleep. Opt for soft and natural bed linen and above all eliminate all elements that may contain chemical substances that are harmful to you and your baby. It’s time to change your duvet and pillows for a natural duvet without chemical treatment and washable pillows without anti-mite treatment.