Silly Question...

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Silly Question...

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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"babywings1" wrote:

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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"babywings1" wrote:

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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"babywings1" wrote:

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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Being able to lay flat on my back comfortably sounds like heaven right about now.

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I cannot wait until I can sleep on my back again. All this tossing and turning and DH waking up in the middle of the night to turn me over because im on my back when I shouldn't be is getting old quick. lol
I remember after having my DS I was always sleeping on my stomach because it was so much comfier and i've never been a stomach sleeper.
Maybe it's that whole can't have what you want syndrome. Hahaha

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Being able to lay flat on my back comfortably sounds like heaven right about now.

YES! Every time I do it just briefly I can't breathe and have to immediately turn to my side.

Jessica, I'm like you - I sleep on my stomach usually with one of my legs bent. I can still *sort of* do that with a pillow but it's way more on my side of course. So yeah, nights just consist of me turning from one side to the next and getting up to pee 1-2 times.

And I try to sleep on my left side, but my right side is more comfortable. I think my baby is more on my right side because my belly button isn't centered.

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Ack! I WISH I got up to pee 1-2 times! I got up SIX times last night and I stopped all liquid at 7pm). I was only in bed for 7 hours, so that averages out to one an hour almost...no WONDER I'm always so sleepy!!

Elizabeth - I start out on my left side. Then my hip hurts, so I turn over to my right side...where the baby then lays on some nerve that feels like my leg is ON FIRE, so then I turn back over. If I can't fall asleep quickly, I get mad, get my pillow and go lay on the couch. Flipping over from side to side HURTS down there. So does getting up to pee. Also, when I do finally fall asleep, I generally wake up to being sorta on my stomach. Not completely, my arms and legs and pillows are elevating me off of it, plus I'm not completely turned that way... but it's definitely more "stomach" than "side" and that worries me.

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I am definitely a stomach sleeper which stinks since I can't sleep on my stomach now. I am learning to try and take turns with my left and right side. I am trying to avoid sleeping on my back though sometimes I will wake up on my back and freak out. And I am definitely getting up like 6 to 7 times a night to pee. It is so much work just to get myself out of bed to pee and it is so painful down there in my hoo hah area.I'm so sore I feel like someone took a sledge hammer and knocked the crap out of me. Sad Definitely feeling the pain Jess.

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