Sleeping on your back does not pose any major threat during the first trimester or photo shoot. However as the uterus or womb gets heavier in the second trimester it’s best to lie on your side, ideally your left side.
Sleeping on your back isn’t such a good idea after sixteen weeks of pregnancy. That’s because your baby is pressing on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart.
It is absolutely normal to toss and turn while we sleep at night. So if you wake up on your back, try not to worry. Just roll on to your side, and get as comfortable as you can before dropping off again.
It’s only if you lie on your back for a long time that the flow of blood to the placenta and your baby could be affected. You may feel faint or dizzy after you have been lying on your back for a while in later pregnancy.
Getting into the habit could be difficult but it’s the best position for your because it helps the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys to get rid of waste products and fluids from your body. Which in turn reduces the risk of swollen feet termed Oedema or ankles
You can get comfortable by lying on your left side, bend your knees and place two or more pillows between them. This keeps the pressure off the muscles around your hips and pelvis area. Placing a wedge-shaped pillow under your bump in bed can help to ease the strain on your back.
You could try using pillows to help prop you on your left side and to stop you rolling on to your back at night.
You may find that sleeping propped upright with some pillows helps you to get some rest if you are uncomfortable lying down.
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Article culled from tellitmoms