The Back Sleeping Trap: How Do I Force Myself to Stay on My Side?

sleeping pregnantFor the past two weeks I’ve been having trouble sleeping, but not for the reasons you might think.

I’m not jumping up to pee all night long, my heartburn is a lot better and the horrible leg cramps have subsided. Instead, at least three times per night I wake up because I’ve rolled away from my pregnancy pillow and I’m flat on my back. I wake up short of breath and feeling uncomfortably pinned to the mattress. It’s this awful feeling that someone (ahem) is pushing down on me. I very ungracefully flop over on my side and take  a few deep breaths and I feel much better.

I know that sleeping on my back is really not great for me or baby. According to WebMD “When you lie on your back, the weight of the pregnant uterus slows the return of blood to your heart, which reduces blood flow to the fetus. That means the baby is getting less oxygen and fewer nutrients.” So I’m waking up because baby and I are both suffering from poor blood circulation. Awesome.

So what’s the deal? Why is this happening all of the sudden, every night, and several times per night? Am I rolling away from my pregnancy pillow because it’s not supportive enough anymore? Or because my hip is falling asleep under the weight of my new girth??

I might have to resort to sleeping on the couch with my back propped up against the cushions. Ugh.

Did you struggle to sleep on your side while pregnant?

Source credit: WebMD

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