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What are safe sleeping positions during pregnancy?

There is quite of bit of discomfort that goes along with pregnancy and part of that is finding a decent sleeping position. Not only do you need to find a way to sleep comfortably, as a pregnant mum you are most likely concerned over safety as well.
 
When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of different changes including a larger belly, heartburn, back pain, and difficulty breathing. Any or all of these can cause disruptions in sleep.
 
However, there are a couple of positions you should avoid entirely. Sleeping flat on your back will encourage more back pain, breathing problems, indigestion, and a decrease in circulation for both you and your unborn babe. This is because your larger abdomen actually rests on your blood vessels and intestines. Sleeping on your stomach later in pregnancy will be quite challenging due to the increase in abdomen size.
 
So what positions work best? Sleeping on your side is actually the most recommended sleeping position for pregnant mums. Your left side has additional benefits including an increase in nutrients to your baby. You may find you will need to rotate positions throughout the night and that is perfectly okay. Try using a pillow between your legs for additional support or propping yourself up with pillows if you feel more comfortable on your back.
 
 

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