Sonia's post got me thinking...
I am typically a side sleeper EXCEPT during pregnancy. I find sleeping on my back most comfortable which of course is a no no. BUT if I keep waking up on my back, how is it affecting the baby?
I know you really need to change positions when you feel nauseous or faint (which I have never felt) but how much of the baby's oxygen supply is being compromised by sleeping on my back regularly?
I worry about cerebral palsy and all the other complications associated with lack of oxygen...
Anybody know? Nurses?
I'm normally a side sleeper only... but since I've been pregnant this time, it seems that I've been sleeping on my back a lot. Laying on my side has felt uncomfortable.
I'm not concerned about it, but it is very strange for me.
Also, I didn't find laying on my back at all very comfortable last time I was pregnant, and this time it's AMAZING.
With the help of my body pillow I'm still mostly sleeping on my belly but I do wake up on my back and have for all of my pregnancies. I've always been told that you'll know as it will affect you before it affects baby and so far my kids have been perfectly fine.
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Dh has diabetes so when his bsl crashes in the middle of the night, it wakes him up. I equate back sleeping with that - if it gets bad enough, it'll wake you up. I also can't help but think about most hospitals make you labor on your back, the worst position for baby's health, especially when it needs oxygen the most! That makes no sense to me, but babies do survive it.
I think cerebral palsy and such is more of a concern with umbilical cord problems, placenta detachment, and starved of oxygen at birth. Even when we lay on our back, the baby is still getting some oxygen.
I am normally a back/side sleeper but I don't sleep on my back when I'm pregnant. I have a snoogle which helps me stay on my side most of the night. Occasionally I wake up on my back but I just turn myself back on my side.
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I'm normally a belly sleeper, so I am sleeping with a body pillow to help keep me more on my side. Good question about the oxygen thing, though, because now that I can't sleep on my stomach, I have been waking up on my back more often.
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