Pregnancy is reputed to be one of the most awesome experiences of womanhood. It is also one of the most cursed experiences of a woman’s life. As beautiful as it is to feel a being taking life inside of you, the more cursed are the moments when the word comfort seems like a mere figment of your imagination. Practically everything you do is a discomfort, what varies is degree.
The memory of these moments might pale in comparison to the beautiful ones that you gather once you have this life in your arms. But while you are experiencing them, they can be harsh, cruel and painful. One of the major discomforts during pregnancy is sleeping. Also, it is one of the major concerns to keep in mind.
Which positions are the best to sleep in and what positions could be harmful to you and your baby? As your belly begins to grow, you will find that certain positions are not as comfortable for you to sleep in. In the first trimester, the way you usually sleep in is not a problem, however, as the weeks mount up, the best position to sleep is on your side, especially the left side. It is not only comfortable to position your belly, but also it helps with the blood circulation.
If you have a habit of sleeping on your back, the coming months are going to be a bit uncomfortable. Sleeping on your back is not a favorable position, not that it will be possible in a few weeks. In fact, sleeping on your back could be harmful for your baby and cause unnecessary discomfort for you. When you lie on your back, the entire weight of your baby bump falls on your intestines and also increases pressure on your main blood vessels-aorta and vena cava. As a result, blood circulation slows down which is bad for the nutrition of your baby.
Sleeping on your back also causes discomfort on waist, back aches and poor circulation can cause a bad case of swelling. Another bad position for sleeping is on the tummy. This is even more impossible to execute as a big bump is never comfortable to lie on. Also, it will cause considerable pressure on your uterus. Who wants to squish their baby?
So basically, the only options available to sleep in are your left and the right side, though left is more favorable than the right. If you experience heartburns while sleeping, it will be helpful to raise the elevation of the upper portion of your bed. The elevation would keep the acidity down in your stomach.
While it is recommended to sleep on your left, it is definitely possible that you might wake up to find yourself on your back or right side. It should not be a concern though, simply roll back on your left and try to sleep. To further improve the quality of your sleep and decrease the discomfort, you could take a chance at those pregnancy pillows that several maternity line offer.
While sleeping can be a task during pregnancy, it is of the most important that you have enough sleep and nap times. It is not only for you, but also for your tiny little baby inside of you. Try to adjust your naps around the time that the baby is at its most peaceful. Before going to sleep try drinking warm milk if it helps you sleep better. A warm relaxing bath is also recommended. As elder people advice, sleep all you can and keep some in reserve as well for the days to come!