It’s hard to discern what advice is good, what is bad, and what is optional. The best way to sort out the advice from the nonsense is through experience.
Since you don’t have any yourself, ask for help! You’re not the first person to ever have a baby, after all.
One important tip we can tell you is switching up your sleeping position during your pregnancy.
Pregnant women should not sleep on their backs after a certain point. It sounds silly, but there’s science backing us up.
If you’re wondering, ok, then when should I stop sleeping on my back while pregnant, read on. In fact, every pregnant woman should hear this advice, curious or not.
When Should I Stop Sleeping On My Back While Pregnant?
Sleeping on your back is fine throughout the first trimester of your pregnancy.
Savor those moments, because you’ll soon wish your first trimester never ended. After 16-20 weeks (always err on the early side) your uterus gets heavier thanks to your growing baby.
All that extra weight puts pressure on your vena cava, or the large vein running through the back of your abdomen.
This undue pressure can stifle blood supply, causing dizziness, and also decreasing circulation which inhibits blood flow and nutrients to the placenta.
What specifically happens is your weight slows blood flowing back to the heart, which in turn decreases your blood pressure.
Less blood pressure means less blood flowing from the heart to other parts of your body.
It’s not the pinched vein, but the resulting blood pressure drop that causes all of the lovely side effects.
How To Get Comfortable
When sleeping on your back is out of the picture (and obviously your stomach too), the only thing left is sleeping on your side.
Get into the habit of going to bed on your left side. This position increases blood flow to the placenta.
It also helps increase circulation to your kidneys. Better blood flow to your kidneys can help reduce oedema.
The issue is, sleeping on your side isn’t comfortable either. Luckily, there’s a tried and true solution to make it bearable.
Start stocking up on pillows because you’re going to need them. Stuff one between your legs, under your bump, and behind your back.
The idea is to create support that lets you sleep soundly.
If you’re feeling adventurous, several companies make excellent maternity pillows designed specifically for a pregnant woman’s body.
These pillows support your back, belly, and legs all at the same time. In fact, you can curl up entirely on the pillow.
For your own personal comfort, investing in a pregnancy pillow is worth it.
Hopefully, we took care of that pesky question, when should I stop sleeping on my back while pregnant. Of all the pregnancy advice, this tip is actually important to follow.
Oh, and remember, people roll around in their sleep. Don’t freak out if you wake up on your back. Just roll over and go back to sleep with your pregnancy pillow.