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Why Can’t Your Lie on Your Back While Pregnant?

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t lie on your back during pregnancy, but why is that? Is it really that big of a deal? Let’s take a closer look at the risks and benefits of lying on your back while pregnant.

Why You Should Not Sleep On Your Back During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women find that sleeping on their backs during pregnancy is one of the more comfortable sleeping positions. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with this position. Sleeping on your back can cause the uterus to press on the aorta and vena cava. The Vena cava is the largest vein in the body and is located on the right side of the heart. The pressure created by the uterus pressing on the vena cava can lead to decreased blood flow to the baby and increased blood pressure for mom.

When to Stop Sleeping On Your Back During Pregnany

The good news is, you don’t have to stop sleeping on your back as soon as your find out you are pregnant. In general, most doctors will recommend you stop sleeping on your back around 20 weeks of pregnancy.

If you do need to lie on your back while pregnant, be sure to prop yourself up with pillows to ease the pressure on your stomach and keep yourself comfortable. In general, though, it’s best to avoid sleeping on your back past the 20-week mark. Side sleeping is usually the best position for pregnant women since it keeps the pressure off of your stomach and allows for proper blood circulation. If you have any concerns about the best way to sleep during pregnancy, be sure to talk to your doctor. They can offer specific advice based on your individual situation.

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