Any pregnant woman will tell you that at times, sleeping well is no easy task. Between trips to the bathroom, overheating and struggling to get comfortable, you basically just have to sleep in whatever position will allow you to actually catch some z’s.
While it may be difficult, the American Pregnancy Association have released information that suggests that where possible, it’s best to sleep on your left side while pregnant. Most pregnant women find that the most comfortable sleeping position is on their side with a pillow between their legs anyway, so focusing on staying on your left side is always good.
So what’s the deal with the left side? Apparently sleeping on your left side is better for your baby because it puts less pressure on your liver and more easily allows vital nutrients to reach the fetus and placenta.
If you struggle with sleeping on your left side, then sleeping on your right side is also okay but experts recommend avoiding sleeping on your back while pregnant. Sleeping on your back forces the weight of your uterus to press against your spine, back muscles and major blood vessels, which may decrease the flow of blood to your body and baby.
Sleeping on your back may also increase the likelihood of dizziness, aches and pains, swelling and may even cause pregnant women to snore.
For most women, sleeping on your stomach while pregnant is not possible and even early on in pregnancy before the bump develops, it can be painful on tender breasts.
At the end of the day, if you are pregnant and having trouble sleeping, any sleep is better than no sleep but as we all know, it’s always good to pay attention to what the experts say. They’re experts for a reason, right?