According to a study by the US National Sleep Foundation, almost 80% of pregnant women do not sleep well (via Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences).
Your growing uterus, hormonal changes, nighttime hunger and nausea often make it harder to sleep (via Medical News Today).
The Sleep Foundation recommends pregnant women curl their legs and sleep on their left side to ensure optimal blood circulation throughout the body. However, if sleeping on the right side isn’t optimal, it’s fine. Extra pillows, especially between your knees, help relieve pain and make side sleeping more comfortable.
If you sleep on your back, your uterus can block veins and interfere with blood flow. Plus, your growing belly will make sleeping uncomfortable, says the Sleep Foundation.
However, two studies, one in 2018 and one in 2019, offer conflicting results on whether or not a particular sleeping position is necessary during pregnancy. The 2018 study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and found that women who refrained from sleeping on their backs, especially in late pregnancy, provided health benefits for both mother and child. child without interfering with women’s sleep duration or quality. of their sleep.
Dr. Robert M. Silver of the University of Utah School of Medicine published a study funded by the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The analysis found that “back or side sleeping during the 30th week of pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of stillbirth, reduced birth size, or high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy.”