During pregnancy, the body of a woman experiences a variety of ups and downs. These physical changes accompanied by hormonal changes have the tendency to disrupt any pregnant woman’s usual sound sleep.
Besides weight gain and hormonal changes, there are many other reasons for this sleep deprivation, including:
- Increased size of abdomen
- Back Pain
- Shortness of breath
Best and Most Comfortable Sleep Position
With advance stages in pregnancy, the size of the uterus increases leading to discomfort in bed.At an early stage in pregnancy, women can think about sleeping on their stomachs. Inevitably, it can get to be uncomfortable for a few women, however it is alright to do so if one is comfortable.
Most of the time, doctors do not recommend pregnant women to lie on their backs. The simple reason is lying on the back brings pressure on the inferior vena cava (veins that carry blood from the lower body to the heart). Moreover, the increased weight will bring pressure on the intestine and especially on the back, causing discomfort.
Thus, for a pregnant woman, the best sleeping position is ‘Sleeping on her left side’.
The reason being, sleeping on the left side is beneficial to both fetus and the mother –
- it allows for maximum blood flow to the fetus
- it improves kidney function in the mother
Sleeping with pillows between the knees and under the abdomen can be a comfortable sleeping position for a pregnant woman.
However, if you still find it difficult to sleep, talk to your health care provider and get your concerns or questions resolved and get back your usual peaceful sleep.
Written by: Dr. H. Kaur
Edited by: C. Soni