When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes and the last thing you want is not to be able to sleep; after all you won’t be able to get much when the baby comes. There can be many reasons for disturbed sleep: anything from increased tummy size, back pain, heartburn, shortness of breath, insomnia.
The best position to sleep in is on your side and preferably the left if we are being really picky. It’s best to keep your legs and knees bent with a pillow between your knees to keep your pelvis in alignment.
If you are suffering from heartburn it is a good idea to prop up your upper body and head with a pillow or two; the same is true for shortness of breath which can be more common nearing the end of your pregnancy.
Some patients find it is also helpful and comfortable to put a pillow under the bump so that the weight of your bump is being supported, reducing the risk of increased back pain.
It is best to avoid sleeping on your back because it can cause backaches, breathing difficulties, digestive system problems, haemorrhoids, low blood pressure and cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and baby. This is a direct result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels.
It is also advisable to avoid sleeping on your tummy when you are further along in your pregnancy, because your abdomen undergoes physical changes making it harder for you to sleep on your tummy.
If your are suffering from any aches or pains and would like to book an appointment, please contact me on 0544485086 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can arrange to see you privately or through Leumit in Bishvilaych Women’s Comprehensive Medical Centre in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem or a home visit if you live in Gush Etzion.