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Possible Dangers of Back Sleeping While Pregnant
- Aug 29, 2018 -

Possible Dangers of Back Sleeping While Pregnant

A Backache

As your baby and uterus grow, back sleeping can put extra pressure on both your pelvis and your back. The result is a backache that prevents you from resting well and makes you uncomfortable the next day.

In most cases, we’d recommend a pillow placed in the hollow area of your lower back, but when you’re pregnant, this isn’t something we suggest, and you’ll see why in a moment.

Breathing Issues

Snoring is more common in this position. Other conditions tend to creep up as well, including sleep apnea. To keep your airways open, we recommend sleeping on one side, preferably the left.

Digestive Problems

Heartburn and acid reflux are common occurrences during pregnancy. To avoid this discomfort, back sleeping should be kept to a minimum. The reason is that the increased progesterone in your system smooths the muscles that connect the stomach and esophagus. The result is an easier transport for acid to travel upward.