Sleeping when you are pregnant is often a challenge because as your belly grows you will become more and more uncomfortable. Most mom’s find it difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in and if they are able to find a comfortable position they are up several times during the middle of the night running back and forth to the bathroom. Learn what the best position to sleep in and why laying on your back should be avoided if at all possible during the course of your pregnancy.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. If you have trouble sleeping, please let your OB/GYN or midwife know.
Why Is Laying on Your Left Side During Pregnancy Important?
Laying on your left side during pregnancy is the best possible position that a pregnant mom can sleep in. When you are laying on your left side you allow maximum blood flow to the placenta which increases the amount of nutrients that reach your baby. There are several other health benefits to laying on your left side during pregnancy: it is often used to help reduced maternal blood pressure, laying on your left side after drinking water or juice will allow energy to quickly reach your baby so that you can do kick counts if you haven’t feel your baby move in a few hours, and it also helps the kidneys reduce waste and excess fluids from your body. Laying on you right side is also acceptable during pregnancy; however, it doesn’t have the added benefits that comes with laying on your left side.