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    So, I've been pondering lately...

    I have an anterior placenta, which means it's on the front, right?

    They don't want you to lay on your back because theoretically, the baby might crush the umbilical cord if he/she lays on it (gravity and whatnot).

    But mine is in the front. So would baby actually have a chance to crush it if I'm on my back?

    Doesn't really matter, I can't lay on my back anyway because Julie and my bladder don't get along when I do, but.. just curious I guess.
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    actually it would be near impossible to crush the umilical cord since it and baby are floating in the amniotic fluid. If your fluid was super low, then this would be a concern.

    The reason you don't want to lay flat on your back is because your uterus can push on YOUR vena cava (a large blood vessel that returns blood to your heart). If the vena cava is not able to return the blood then your Blood pressure will drop causing decreased blood flow to baby. Only a slight tip to the side prevents this from happening.
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    Ah, thanks! I had it all wrong.
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    Are you a back sleeper Jessica? I can't wait to sleep on my back again!
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    Elizabeth I can't either!!! Really a belly sleeper but with surgery it took me a couple weeks last time but back was heaven after side for so Long
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    Belly sleeper here for the most part.. and it's killin me! lol..
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    No - I don't sleep on my back. I'm a belly sleeper -with one leg down and one leg bent. So I haven't been able to do THAT in a long time. I do tend to sleep on my back on the couch, but only because that's about the only position I can fit and be comfortable...but I'm more "reclined" then laying flat because I have so many pillows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babywings1 View Post
    No - I don't sleep on my back. I'm a belly sleeper -with one leg down and one leg bent. So I haven't been able to do THAT in a long time. I do tend to sleep on my back on the couch, but only because that's about the only position I can fit and be comfortable...but I'm more "reclined" then laying flat because I have so many pillows.
    Yeah my midwife told me it was fine to sleep on my back as long as I'm a little propped up. But my birth videos are telling me to sleep on your left side to help with positioning the baby correctly for birth. So I've been working on sleeping on my left side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babywings1 View Post
    No - I don't sleep on my back. I'm a belly sleeper -with one leg down and one leg bent. So I haven't been able to do THAT in a long time. I do tend to sleep on my back on the couch, but only because that's about the only position I can fit and be comfortable...but I'm more "reclined" then laying flat because I have so many pillows.
    Yeah my midwife told me it was fine to sleep on my back as long as I'm a little propped up. But my birth videos are telling me to sleep on your left side to help with positioning the baby correctly for birth. So I've been working on sleeping on my left side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babywings1 View Post
    No - I don't sleep on my back. I'm a belly sleeper -with one leg down and one leg bent. So I haven't been able to do THAT in a long time. I do tend to sleep on my back on the couch, but only because that's about the only position I can fit and be comfortable...but I'm more "reclined" then laying flat because I have so many pillows.
    Yeah my midwife told me it was fine to sleep on my back as long as I'm a little propped up. But my birth videos are telling me to sleep on your left side to help with positioning the baby correctly for birth. So I've been working on sleeping on my left side.
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